Thirty-one people have been infected with vibrio vulnifucus in Florida’s waters and ten of those persons have died, according to Fox News on Saturday.
Vibrio vulnificus is acquired by a person when they are in sea water and, usually, have an impaired immune system due to a condition such as cancer. The infection is caused by bacteria in warm salt water as Florida has in its waters. The bacteria are in the group of bacterium that causes cholera.
Florida’s health officials stated that there are two ways that a person can develop vibro vulnificus. One is by eating raw, tainted shellfish which are usually oysters. The other way is when an open wound comes in contact with bacteria in warm seawater.
The symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Furthermore, if the bacteria get into one’s bloodstream, symptoms such as fever and chills are provoked while decreasing blood pressure and blistering skin wounds.
The concern of any such illness, of course, threatens the tourism industry in Florida which has massive waters along its ocean fronts. It has been reported that the vast majority of persons who have been exposed to the bacteria never got sick from it. Again, those who could most likely be affected by the bacteria are persons who have reduced immune systems due to such illnesses as cancer, cirrhosis of the liver, and diabetes – especially if the person has an open wound.