Florida Warns People about Vibrio Bacteria in State’s Waters

Florida Warns People about Vibrio Bacteria in State’s Waters

Florida health officials have raised an alarm about the presence of high level of Vibrio bacteria in Florida waters. The officials have warned people about the bacteria that live in warm seawater and in lagoons.

It is important to take caution as if the bacteria enter the body through an open wound, it can lead to flesh-eating disease. As per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), if ingested it leads to symptoms including vomiting and stomach pain.

"Since it is naturally found in warm marine waters, people with open wounds can be exposed to Vibrio vulnificus through direct contact with seawater", unveiled the Florida Department of Health.

Pamela Crane, Deputy Press Secretary for Florida Department of Health, said by eating tainted raw shell fish and oysters, one can get affected by the bacteria. Therefore, the CDC has suggested people having open wounds to avoid going into seawater.

The agency has also given one more suggestion to people that they should be extra cautious while handling raw shellfish and try and wear protective clothing while handling it. Also, it is very important to ensure that shellfish is properly cooked. These steps will reduce the chances of getting infected by the Vibrio bacteria.

Health authorities said they are not asking people to stay away from beaches. They have asked people to remain alert. People need to be extra vigilant as last year, at least 11 people died from the fatal infection. Around 50% of the time, the bacteria gets into a person's bloodstream through open wounds.

In healthy individuals, its symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In higher-risk individuals, it may lead to fever, shock, skin lesions or sudden chills.

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