Hurricane Ian Causes Spikes in Flesh-Eating Bacteria Cases Florida

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In the wake of Hurricane Ian, a Florida county was ravaged by a flesh-eating bacteria. CBS News reported.

CBS News reported that Lee County has seen an increase in Vibrio vibrio vulnificus bacteria, which is a species of bacteria that lives in warm brackish water and comes into contact with humans via raw or undercooked seafood.

Officials claim that the bacteria has increased due to storm surges and subsequent flooding.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bacteria can also be introduced through cuts and other open wounds. This can lead to severe skin infections that can prove life-threatening.

“Sewage spills in coastal waters, like those caused by Hurricane Ian, may increase bacteria levels,”Tammy Soliz, Lee County spokeswoman, stated in a press statement. “People with open wounds, cuts, or scratches can be exposed to Vibrio vulnificus through direct contact with sea water or brackish water.”

Vibrio vibrio vulnificus has been described as an informal “Vibrio vulnificus” “flesh-eating”CBS News reported that bacteria can quickly develop from primary skin infections into necrotizing fasciitis. This rare condition causes tissue destruction and sometimes requires amputation to stop further spread.

“Vibrio vulnificus can invade the bloodstream, causing a severe life-threatening illness with symptoms like fever, chills, decreased blood pressure (septic shock), and blistering skin lesions,”In a statement, the Florida Department of Health stated.  

It is not possible to spread the disease from one person to another. WTSP reported.

Lee County has reported 29 cases of the disease and four deaths, while Collier County has reported three cases.

The disease can spread to the soft tissue of the body if it is not treated. Other infections may also be caused by the virus. USA Today reported.

The symptoms include severe pain, fever, swelling and blistering. In a few days, death may occur if there is no treatment.

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