Florida Officials Send Out Vibrio Vulnificus Flesh-Eating Bacteria Warning

Florida officials warn of Vibrio vulnificus flesh eating bacteria in warm salt water

It sounds like something out of a horror movie, but it’s all too real. Real enough for Florida officials to send out a warning to all that the flesh-eating bacterium Vibrio vulnificus is alive and well in the warm Florida waters. Officials are warning those who plan to swim in Florida waters that they should take precautions. The bacterium has infected 11 people so far this year in Florida, and it has killed 2 people.

A relative of the bacterium which causes Cholera, Vibrio vulnificus can infect people in two ways. It an be ingested either by swallowing water containing the bacterium or through infected seafood. In this case, it can cause severe stomach pain, diarrhea and vomiting. T


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5 Responses to Florida Officials Send Out Vibrio Vulnificus Flesh-Eating Bacteria Warning

  1. bill says:

    I can’t think of a worse way to die. Between this and the brain eating amoebas, it’s a wonder that anyone ever gets into the water anywhere…

  2. silvia says:

    Does this include if you have a bad case of athletes foot?

  3. If the athlete’s foot causes an open wound the bacterium could get into, then yes, Any sore or open abrasion carries the risk of infection

  4. Andrea says:

    I was wondering if special precautions should be taken cleaning swimwear and beach towels ? I wash towels normal and usually just rinse swimwear out with some body wash in the shower ? Does the bacteria survive long out of its element?

  5. Noah Williams says:

    Well it’s summer again, and the bacteria is back. We are going scalloping next week, and was wondering about the wTer that gets in your snorkel? Is there a chance to get infected from that?

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