On Fri, Nov. 12, 2021, The Florida Department of Health reported a dangerous bacterial infection had killed nine people in Florida this year.
Overall, 33 cases have been infected with the waterborne bacterium Vibrio vulnificus, commonly known as flesh-eating infection.
Approximately 100 deaths are reported because of this bacteria in the united states every year.
Marine environment and brackish waters usually contain a high amount of Vibrio vulnificus bacteria. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) put V.vulnificus in dangerous species of Vibrio. Cause of this flesh-eating infection such as eating undercooked or naturally contaminated seafood, open wound or cut came in contact with seawater.
Symptoms of Vibrio vulnificus infection:
- pain and redness around the infection
- Low blood pressure
- Stomach cramp
- Blistering skin lesions
Never go out swimming(beaches) if you have a recent surgery, piercing,
tattoo or any type of wound and cut.
And if your wound accidentally came in contact with seawater or raw seafood, wash thoroughly with soap and water.
Hurricanes or storms that cause coastal flooding increase the possibility of coming in contact with Vibrio vulnificus infection.
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Disclaimer: This article is only for informational purposes. It is not medical advice. If you have any symptoms, please consult a doctor before making any decision to impact your health.