- Don't go in the water with an open wound
- Don't go in the water if in high risk group
- Beware of shell fish
The vibrio vulnificus bacteria has already claimed 9 lives this year. The most recent victim contracted the deadly bacterial infection through an open sore, and died two days later. The bacterial infection can be contracted through contaminated shell fish, or through a lesion on the skin.
Palm Coast resident, Henry Konietzy, died from the infection, after he had been crabbing with his wife near Ormond Beach, Florida, on September 21. A small purple lesion developed on Konietzy's ankle, and it began to spread throughout his body. He started feeling pain, and went to the hospital, where he was given numerous antibiotics. The treatments failed and Konietzy died September 23.
The warning now comes, with another case being reported in Saint Lucie County. The Saint Lucie patient contracted the deadly bacterial infection from contaminated shell fish. There is a higher risk of contracting the bacteria for people who have cancer, diabetes or cirrhosis of the liver. The symptoms include fever, chills, skin lesions, possible vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. If the bacteria enters the blood stream, it can cause decrease in blood pressure, blistering skin wounds, and even death.
The State of Florida Health Department reports there has been an increase in the number of cases reported recently of vulnificus bacterial infections. The deadly bacteria naturally occurs in marine life under very warm conditions. The reason shell fish become contaminated is because they are filter feeders.
According to the Huffington Post, Diane Holm, spokeswoman for The State of Florida Health Department, reports:
nine people died from vibrio vulnificus in Florida in 2012, and 13 in 2011