If you're trying to beat the heat by taking a swim in Alabama's waters, state health officials are warning of just how easy it is to contract a potentially lethal bacteria.
- A 70-year-old woman almost lost her hand after contracting flesh-eating bacteria while fishing with her husband on Alabama's Gulf Coast last week. Vibrio can only be acquired in brackish or salt water, such as bay or gulf waters.
Vibrio bacteria can enter the body through a break in the skin or by consuming contaminated seafood.
Vibrio does not affect freshwater, such as lakes, and won't appear in drinking water due to filter treatment processes, according to ADPH officials.
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"Most soft-tissue infections occur with either injury or with conditions such as poorly controlled diabetes or low immunity". If the wound shows any signs of infection (redness, pain or swelling) or if the cut is deep, get medical attention immediately. She added, "Some bacteria can cause more severe infections than others". Symptoms may present as diarrhea, abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting, fever and chill with onset typically within 24 hours of ingestion.
- Three cases of a deadly flesh-eating bacteria have been confirmed in Mobile County, Alabama, at least one of them contracted in the Gulf of Mexico.
According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Vibrio is to blame for an estimated 80,000 cases of sickness each year, with 100 of those resulting in death.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This report has been updated to clarify that Vibrio Vulnificus occurs only in brackish or salt water and does not affect fresh water or drinking water.
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