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Published On: Sat, Sep 14th, 2019

Florida: Pinellas County sees 6th Vibrio vulnificus case

By Robert Herriman  @infectiousdiseasenews

In a follow-up on the Vibrio vulnificus situation in Florida, state health officials reported two additional cases during the past week.

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Additional cases were reported in Pinellas and Lee Counties, bringing the state total to 21 through Sept. 13.

Pinellas County is now reporting six cases, the most in the state. One fatality has been reported out of Hillsborough County.

In 2018, Florida reported 42 cases and 9 deaths.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), anyone can get a Vibrio vulnificus infection. People with a compromised immune system or liver disease are more likely to get an infection and severe complications.

In the United States, people most often become infected with Vibrio vulnificus and other species of Vibrio by eating raw or undercooked shellfish, particularly oysters. Certain Vibrio species, including Vibrio vulnificus, can also cause a skin infection when an open wound is exposed to brackish or salt water.

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Vibrio vulnificus can cause two types of illnesses: 1) wound infections, which may start as redness and swelling at the site of the wound that can spread to affect much of the body, and 2) primary septicemia, a bloodstream infection with symptoms including fever, dangerously low blood pressure, and blistering skin lesions.

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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