Ministry of Health is providing this refresher on the safety rules intended to prevent infection by the Vibrio vulnificus bacteria
​Ahead of the holiday and the preparations for the festive dinners, the Ministry of Health is providing this refresher on the safety rules intended to prevent infection by the Vibrio vulnificus bacteria, especially with the following fish: Tilapia, Mullet and Sea Bream.

The Vibrio vulnificus bacteria may cause severe infections, characterized by acute pain, edema, welts, subcutaneous inflammation, and in some cases even blood infection.
According to the department of epidemiology in the Ministry of Health, there were 5 reported cases of Vibrio vulnificus-induced infections in 2011. 
  
The Ministry of Health Recommends – to avoid infection by the Vibrio:
  • Only buy fish from licensed retailers (owners of business licenses).
  • Make sure that the fish displayed in the refrigerator is stored on a bed of ice. 
  • As a rule, you should not buy fish directly from the fish ponds or from open stalls without proper refrigeration.
  • Be sure to buy only fish that have been de-finned and de-scaled.
  • For chronic disease patients, and/or for those with a weakened immune system, and/or with open sores on their hands, it is advised to avoid direct contact with the fish altogether.