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Flesh-eating bacteria warning issued in Florida: 32 hospitalized and 10 dead

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The flesh-eating bacteria discovered in the salt water at some Florida beaches has claimed the life of a man who contracted the bacteria while swimming. The man contracted the flesh-eating bacteria through an open wound while in salt water, but the location of the exact beach has not been released, according to Fox News live on Wednesday, July 30.

The man died in Sarasota County, but information on the place where he went swimming and fell ill to this bacteria was not released. The flesh-eating bacteria can kill up to half of the people who contract the bacteria. This bacteria, which is also called vibrio vulnificus, is potentially fatal for people who have chronic health conditions, according to the ABC News on July 30.

This bacteria has hospitalized 32 and killed 10 along Florida’s Gulf Coast so far this summer. It enters the body from the water through cuts or open wounds in your skin, reports Hillsborough County Health Department spokesperson, Steve Huard.

According to ABC News warnings about the high levels of the flesh-eating bacteria in the water have been issued by Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County. They have issued an “official warning as of today,” Wednesday July 30. Officials state that anyone with a compromised immune system or anyone with an open cut or wound needs to take this warning seriously and stay out of the water.

Anyone who goes into the water should wash-off in fresh water before going home. This flesh-eating bacteria leads to a “life threatening blood infection.” This warning should be heeded by swimmers and people who like to eat raw oysters. The bacteria thrives in the warmer summer water, reports Fox News today.

Last year’s summer season saw 41 cases and 11 deaths from the flesh-eating bacteria. This year there have been cases of this bacteria reported in Alabama, Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Steve Gyland, owner of Cod and Cappers Fish Market is a survivor of this flesh-eating bacteria. He describes his symptoms of this illness:

"It was like you were on fire. Like a burn-blister from a fire. It was weeks before I could walk on that leg.”

"You could just watch the red, blistery skin just grow and expand and move up your leg.”

Gyland was scuba diving in the Bahama’s when he contracted the flesh-eating bacteria through a blister he had on his foot. His fish market also sells a shell fish that can carry the virus. Raw oysters are also a host of this bacteria and if someone eats a raw oyster that has this bacteria then they too could come down with this virus.

Before it is News reports today:

"Florida doesn't typically require beach shutdowns for bacteria infestations; in fact, 59 percent of its beaches aren't tested for bacteria levels; the others rely on federal funding to carry out periodic tests."

According to the website Family Doctor, symptoms of the flesh-eating bacteria in saltwater include:

The vibrio vulnificus infection may include symptoms of fever, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. People with a weakened immune system and those who have liver disease, kidney disease or diabetes, vibrio vulnificus infection symptoms may be more severe. They could include a high fever and chills, low blood pressure, redness, swelling and blisters on the skin.

If you get vibrio vulnificus infection that is contracted through an open cut, this could cause a severe skin infection. If not treated, vibrio vulnificus infection can spread to your bloodstream and become life-threatening.

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