Susceptibility of Viable but Nonculturable Vibrio Parahaemolyticus Cells to Thermal Inactivation
Vibrio parahaemolyticus, a halophilic gram-negative bacterium, causes acute gastroenteritis in humans. This
bacterium is a prevalent food-borne pathogen in Japan, Taiwan, and other coastal countries. Most clinical
isolates are haemolytic on Wagatsuma agar (Kanagawa phenomenon-positive, KP+) and produce a major
virulence factor, thermostable direct haemolysin.