Published On: Sat, Oct 26th, 2013

Florida Vibrio vulnificus update

Vibrio vulnificus is a bacterium that normally lives in warm seawater and is part of a group of vibrios that are called “halophilic” because they require salt.



The State of Florida has seen a number of cases in 2013 and I had the opportunity to discuss the situation with Vibrio vulnificus in the Sunshine State with Epidemiologist with the Florida Department of Health  in Hillsborough County, Amy Pullman earlier this week.

The interview was aired Saturday, Oct. 26 on the  Outbreak News This Week Radio show.

Ms. Pullman updated me with the latest numbers, not only of Vibrio vulnificus in the state and Hillsborough County, but of all Vibrio infections.

Since the Wednesday interview, Florida health officials have reported an additional case of V. vulnificus, bringing the total to 36 cases.

In addition, Pullman pointed out that they are seeing more infections due to saltwater wound exposure this year as opposed to consumption of raw oysters.

She also talked about the pathology of this bacterium, risk factors for serious disease and measures to take to prevent this potentially lethal infection.

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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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