A bacterium, Vibrio vulnificus that thrives in warm salt waters causes flesh-eating diseases as it enters the body through any cuts or scrapes. Health officials are warning beachgoers in Florida to be aware of this dangerous bacteria that generally attacks people with low immunity systems as it can prove fatal nearly 50% of the time. The skin tends to breakdown and ulcerates due to the nature of this disease. Symptoms are vomiting, diarrhea and acute stomach pain. Contact with seawater aggravates the condition and attracts the bacteria to enter the body.
According to the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Vibrio vulnificus belongs to the same strain as cholera. Healthy people may also be infected when the bacterium enters their bloodstream and causes gastrointestinal complications that can prove fatal.