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Florida resident catches lethal bacterial an infection

A Florida resident contracted a lethal bacterial an infection, officers confirmed Monday.

The Florida Division of Well being confirmed that an Escambia County resident turned contaminated with vibrio vulnificus, in accordance with Pensacola Information Journal.

Vibrio vulnificus is a micro organism present in salty, heat water. Although infections are uncommon, the danger is greater throughout the interval of Might to October.

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That is the second case of the bacterial an infection this 12 months in Escambia County. Since 2014, there have been six identified circumstances of the an infection in Escambia County. In 2015, one county resident died of the an infection.  

The an infection usually seems in individuals who have open wounds or have weak immune techniques. Officers have warned individuals to cowl their wounds earlier than going into the water.

Uncooked shellfish might additionally carry vibrio vulnificus. Well being officers have urged individuals to cook dinner shellfish and oysters.

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“Vibrio vulnificus infections are deadly about 40 p.c of the time,” in accordance with the Florida Division of Well being’s web site. “Wound infections with vibrio vulnificus are deadly about 20 p.c of the time, and may require aggressive surgical therapy to stop loss of life,” the division mentioned.

The wound an infection could make an individual’s pores and skin swell and change into pink. The micro organism would trigger a fever, chills, blisters and a diminishing blood strain.

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