Florida Officials Send Out Vibrio Vulnificus Flesh-Eating Bacteria Warning

July 30, 2014 6:26 AM

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Florida Officials Send Out Vibrio Vulnificus Flesh-Eating Bacteria Warning

It sounds like something out of a horror movie, but it’s all too real. Real enough for Florida officials to send out a warning to all that the flesh-eating bacterium Vibrio vulnificus is alive and well in the warm Florida waters. Officials are warning those who plan to swim in Florida waters that they should take precautions. The bacterium has infected 11 people so far this year in Florida, and has killed 2 people.

A relative of the bacterium which causes Cholera, Vibrio vulnificus can infect people in two ways. It an be ingested either by swallowing water containing the bacterium or through infected seafood. In this case, it can cause severe stomach pain, diarrhea and vomiting. That’s actually the better of t...

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