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by Jack Sanders
on July 9, 2015 at 10:50 AM
Interested in reading about clamming up North, reminds me of my days clamming on Cape Cod years ago. If I am correct, the vibrio bacterium is the cause of cholera also.
by Chris M Brunner
on July 9, 2015 at 2:24 PM
Yes, you're correct. The causative agent for cholera is Vibrio cholerae. While V. cholerae is endemic to the clamming area, and occasionally isolated, it is more commonly found in fresh/brackish water than in marine waters. This is not necessarily cause for concern; in order for a vibrio to actually cause disease it has to contain particular genes, referred to as virulence factors, which makes finding truly pathogenic bacteria especially rare.  
Thanks for your comment,  
by Chris M Brunner
on July 9, 2015 at 3:30 PM
Read more about Vibrio cholera infection.
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