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CDC warns of flesh-eating bacteria in waters off the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico waters

2023-09-07T13:08:55+00:00
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  • CDC warns of flesh eating bacteria.
  • Vibrio vulnificus has been found off the East Coast.
  • 5 people have died in Florida this year.

The CDC issues a warning about flesh-eating bacteria in the waters off the East Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico.

US health authorities have raised alarms for residents who live in those areas.

The presence of the deadly bacteria Vibrio vulnificus, known colloquially as the ‘flesh eater’, has been detected.

The health advisory has generated growing concern for the safety of bathers and seafood lovers.

Warning about flesh-eating bacteria

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According to the EFE Agency, so far this year at least five people have died in cases related to this bacteria.

The Florida Department of Health has confirmed these tragic events, intensifying the need for urgent action.

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an alert this weekend to all health institutions.

They stressed that the presence of Vibrio vulnificus has spread throughout the country.

The threat of Vibrio vulnificus: A deadly contagion

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This bacteria thrives in warmer waters during the summer season, which runs from May to October.

It is often located in marine environments with low salinity levels, such as estuaries.

The CDC warns that each year about 80,000 people get sick from this bacteria, most often after consuming contaminated shellfish.

Also, Vibrio vulnificus can cause infections if it enters through an open wound.

How V. vulnificus spreads and who is most vulnerable

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Most disturbingly, according to CDC reports, between 150 and 200 people report Vibrio vulnificus infections each year.

Approximately one in five affected people die, often within a day or two of becoming ill.

This highlights the seriousness of the situation and the need to take adequate precautions, EFE said.

Vibrio vulnificus is found in warm or brackish sea water.

Tips for prevention and safety

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Reports have indicated that the flesh eating bacteria can enter the bloodstream through recent cuts or scratches.

What sets infections caused by this bacteria apart from others is their rarity and severity.

Vibrio vulnificus especially affects older people or those with weakened immune systems.

The only way to combat it is through the use of antibiotics, and treatment must be given as soon as possible.

Authorities ask people to take precautions

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Faced with this alarming situation, health experts are calling for people to be aware.

It is recommended that people avoid eating raw shellfish, especially oysters, as they are a common source of infection.

In addition, it is vital to refrain from bathing in warm ocean water if you have an open wound or a recent cut on the skin.

Doing so could increase the risk of contagion and could have catastrophic consequences.

Deaths from the flesh eating bacteria can be prevented

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Health authorities urge the public to be aware of this threat and take preventative measures to protect themselves and their loved ones.

Public knowledge and awareness play a critical role in preventing future cases.

EFE indicated that the spread of this bacteria and the the five deaths so far this year highlight the importance of taking precautions.

Prevention and public awareness are essential to avoid future infections and protect public health, according to infobae.

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