V. parahaemolyticus and V. alginolyticus strains isolated from patients during an outbreak of an acute enteric disease in Vladivostok in 1997 were studied. All strains were found to possess typical taxonomic signs. V. parahaemolyticus isolated from humans had direct heat stable haemolysin exotoxin. The overwhelming majority of these strains belonged to serovar O3K6. Among the cultures under study 7 phage types were determined: phage types 1, 2, 7, 10 in 8 V. parahaemolyticus strains and phage types 2, 4. 5. 7 in 5 V. alginolyticus strains. The diagnostic halophilic phage lyzed vibrios in 30.2% of strains. The cultures under study were found to be highly sensitive to chloramphenicol, cefotaxime, nalidixic acid and cyprofloxacin. The study proved that the outbreak of alimentary toxicoinfection was caused by vibrios of serogroup O3:K6.