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Published On: Fri, Oct 27th, 2017

Florida Vibrio vulnificus update: 43 cases and 9 deaths through October

The number of fatalities related to infection with Vibrio vulnificus in the state of Florida has increased by two with cases reported in Lee and Citrus counties. This brings the number of fatalities through Oct. 27 to nine.

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Deaths have been reported from the following counties: Brevard, Citrus, Collier, Lee (2), Monroe, Orange, Santa Rosa and St Johns.

To date, the Sunshine State has recorded 43 Vibriosis cases (V. vulnificus).

Last year, Florida reported 46 cases, including 10 deaths.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says Vibrio vulnificus is a bacterium in the same family as those that cause cholera and Vibrio parahaemolyticus. It normally lives in warm seawater and is part of a group of vibrios that arecalled “halophilic” because they require salt.

Related: Florida reports 1st locally acquired Zika case of year in Manatee County

V. vulnificus can cause disease in those who eat contaminated seafood or have an open wound that is exposed to seawater. Among healthy people, ingestion of V. vulnificus can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. In immunocompromised persons, particularly those with chronic liver disease,V. vulnificus can infect the bloodstream, causing a severe and life-threatening illness characterized by fever and chills, decreased blood pressure (septic shock), and blistering skin lesionsV. vulnificus bloodstream infections are fatal about 50% of the time.

V. vulnificus can cause an infection of the skin when open wounds are exposed to warm seawater; these infections may lead to skin breakdown and ulceration. Persons who are immunocompromised are at higher risk for invasion of the organism into the bloodstream and potentially fatal complications.

 

 

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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 Outbreak News This Week Radio Show on http://1380thebiz.com/ Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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