The Center of Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a multistate outbreak of Vibrio parahaemolyticus that has been linked to eating crab meat imported from Venezuela.
Officials said 12 people who ate fresh crab meat have been infected with Vibrio. The outbreaks were reported in Maryland, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia. Four of the 12 people have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported.
Evidence from the investigation showed that the crab meat was imported from Venezuela. The CDC is still investigating which distributor is responsible for the contaminated product and if it was sold in other states.
The CDC is asking consumers not eat, restaurants not serve and retailers not sell precooked fresh crab meat imported from Venezuela until further notice. Officials said the meat, which usually comes in plastic containers, can be labeled as fresh or precooked. Food contaminated with Vibrio usually smells, taste and looks normal.