Vibro Vulnificus Warning
from Florida Dept of Health
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New warnings issued Monday surrounding a flesh-eating bacteria found in the ocean that has already killed several people in Florida.
Vibrio vulnificus, a cousin of the bacterium that causes Cholera and it thrives in warm saltwater. “Since it is naturally found in warm marine waters, people with open wounds can be exposed to Vibrio vulnificus through direct contact with seawater,” the Florida Department of Health said in a statement.
The Florida Department of Health reports 32 people have contracted the bacteria and 10 have died from the strain. Last year, 41 people were infected and 11 died. Florida isn’t the only state to report Vibrio vulnificus infections. Alabama, Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi have also recorded cases.
Florida Department of Health experts said anyone with a compromised immune system or anyone with an open cut should not go into the water. Those who do jump into the ocean should wash off before heading home .
“It’s definitely something to take serious, but there are a number of other bacteria, that you could run into,” said Tim O’Connor, a spokesperson for the Florida Department of Health.
O’Connor said the state is closely monitoring the Vibrio bacteria. So far, he said the situation is not severe.
The deadly bacteria can also be contracted from consuming raw seafood like oysters. The state health department said it is monitoring the situation and is telling consumers to cook their oysters before eating the shellfish.