As of Thursday, 12 cases have been reported from people sick with the bacteria, Vibrio parahaemolyticus, the FDA said in a press release.
Eight cases were reported in Maryland, two in Louisiana and one in Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia, with four people requiring hospitalization, the press release said. Most people infected with Vibrio parahaemolyticus develop diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, nausea, fever and stomach pain, the FDA said. "Diarrhea tends to be watery and occasionally bloody."
People who go out to dinner or buy crab meat at a grocery store should ask where the product came from, the FDA said. Crabmeat is often found in plastic containers and marked as "precooked," the FDA said.
Restaurants and groceries should dispose of any Venezuelan crab meat, the FDA said. If a consumer or a store does not know the origin of the crab meat, they should throw it away, the CDC said.
Children under age 5, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are the most vulnerable, the FDA said. .
The FDA, the CDC, and state and local agencies are investigating the outbreak.