Skip to comments.Forget Ebola, Florida Issues "Flesh-Eating Bacteria" Public Health Warning
Posted on 07/31/2014 6:59:59 AM PDT by blam
As Ebola spreads mercilessly across the world, it appears Florida has a problem that sounds just as awful. As CBS reports, Florida health officials are warning beachgoers about a seawater bacterium that can invade cuts and scrapes to cause flesh-eating disease. At least 11 Floridians have contracted Vibrio vulnificus so far this year and two have died, according to the most recent state data.
Not exactly great news for Florida beach season...
Vibrio vulnificus - a cousin of the bacterium that causes Cholera - thrives in warm saltwater, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If ingested, it can cause stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea. But it can also infect open wounds and lead to skin breakdown and ulceration, according to the CDC.
Since it is naturally found in warm marine waters, people with open wounds can be exposed to Vibrio vulnificus through direct contact with seawater, the Florida Department of Health said in a statement.
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In other news....
There will be a re-enactment of the Battle Of Mobile Bay on its 150th anniversary this weekend.
Stay out of the water, eh.
Atlantic or Gulf or both?
I say Gulf if only 1.
Gulf was always way too warm for me.
Florida is a VERY bad place. All Yankees should forget about moving or even visiting here. We have very dangerous animals, plants, microbes, etc. STAY AWAY!!!
Vibrio vulnificus causes an infection often incurred after eating seafood, especially raw or undercooked oysters.
V. vulnificus does not alter the appearance, taste, or odor of oysters. The bacteria can also enter the body through open wounds when swimming or wading in infected waters, or via puncture wounds from the spines of fish such as tilapia or stingrays.
V. vulnificus is eighty times more likely to spread into the bloodstream in people with compromised immune systems, especially those with chronic liver disease. When this happens, severe symptoms including blistering skin lesions, septic shock, and even death can occur.
The major drug resistant bacteria list now includes:
Escherichia coli (E. coli)
Group B streptococcus
MRSA Strain USA300-FPR3757 (flesh eating)
Salmonella, non-typhoidal serotypes
Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE)
Vancomycin-Intermediate/Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VISA/VRSA)
Many types of bacteria can cause necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating disease), for example, Group A streptococcus (Streptococcus pyogenes), Staphylococcus aureus, Clostridium perfringens, Bacteroides fragilis, and Aeromonas hydrophila. And now, Vibrio vulnificus.
we’re coming into august... this is supposed to be florida beach season?! hardly
florida beach season is from late sept to april.
as for the disease, worry more about the sharks
When I lived around Titusville they were always shutting down the river to the clammers do to high bacteria levels.You knew when the river was closed as the clammers were always at the bar in the day getting hammered,.Let me tell you these guys got hammered.
Important note about Vibrio vulnificus and Vibrio parahaemolyticus, two pathogenic bacteria associated with uncooked or undercooked seafood.
The V. vulnificus bacterium occurs naturally in the Gulf of Mexico. Since 2000, there have been about 32 illnesses a year from eating raw or undercooked oysters. About half the cases are fatal. The bacteria are most active during the warm summer months (the non-’R’ months).
While many hot sauces and acids kill these bacteria, it is far better to insure that seafood is properly cooked before eating. Use hot sauces for flavor, not antiseptic.
Had a buddy in Ft Laud and he had a grandmother that was 100 yo and she used to tell him she owed her longevity to Hot Sauce on everything
Red Tide Summary (July 25, 2014)
Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was detected in background to high concentrations in several water samples analyzed this week from offshore of Hernando County and in background concentrations in two samples collected this week from inshore waters of Charlotte and Lee counties.
Satellite images from the Optical Oceanography Laboratory at the University of South Florida show a bloom approximately 80 miles long and 50 miles wide 40 to 90 miles offshore between Dixie and Pasco counties. Karenia brevis was found not only on the surface, but also at depths up to 20 meters. This bloom has caused an ongoing fish kill in the northeast Gulf of Mexico. FWCs Fish Kill Hotline has received reports of thousands of dead and moribund benthic reef fish including various snapper and grouper species, hogfish, grunts, crabs, sea turtles, flounder, bull sharks, lionfish, baitfish, eel, sea snakes, tomtates, lizardfish, filefish, octopus, and triggerfish. Reports of water discoloration have been received, but no respiratory irritation has been observed or reported. Short term forecasts of bloom movement by the Center of Prediction of Red Tides do not predict considerable movement of the bloom patch in upcoming days.
Be afraid...be very afraid.
If it does drift closer to the coast, it does make even early beach walks impossible. The stench from the fish kill along with the respiratory irritation is very bad. The good news is that a hurricane will clean up the air.
I repeat..Florida is a very dangerous place. All Yankees stay away. We don’t need the ultimate disaster..Good old tan Charlie.
We have relatives and friends there. :)
Well....I guess some from the People’s Republic of MA may be O.K.
You’re too kind.
OMG ... Vibrio vulnificus ... chicken pox ... ebola ... plus I have a toothache. We’re all gonna die !
The Red Tide that destroys everything (also known as the Crimson Tide) is where Alabama got its nickname from. As a Bama fan, I wish the kill was limited to the football field. The Red Tide is some awful stuff.
It’s been showing up in the Chesapeake Bay area, too.
No doubt caused by (ahem) global warming.