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Forget Ebola, Florida Issues "Flesh-Eating Bacteria" Public Health Warning
Zero Hedge ^ | 7-31-2014 | Tyler Durden

Posted on 07/31/2014 6:59:59 AM PDT by blam

Tyler Durden
07/30/2014

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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(Excerpt) Read more at zerohedge.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bacteria; death; disease; ebola; flesheatingbacteria; florida; health
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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.

1 posted on 07/31/2014 6:59:59 AM PDT by blam
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To: Smokin' Joe

Ping.


2 posted on 07/31/2014 7:11:31 AM PDT by blam (Jeff Sessions For President)
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To: blam

Atlantic or Gulf or both?
I say Gulf if only 1.
Gulf was always way too warm for me.


3 posted on 07/31/2014 7:12:12 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: CGASMIA68

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!!!


4 posted on 07/31/2014 7:15:47 AM PDT by Gadsden1st
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5 posted on 07/31/2014 7:16:43 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: blam

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:

Acinetobacter
Anthrax
Campylobacter
Escherichia coli (E. coli)
Gonorrhea
Group B streptococcus
Klebsiella pneumoniae
MRSA
MRSA Strain USA300-FPR3757 (flesh eating)
Neisseria meningitidis
Salmonella, non-typhoidal serotypes
Shigella
Streptococcus pneumoniae
Typhoid Fever
Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE)
Vancomycin-Intermediate/Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VISA/VRSA)
Vibrio vulnificus
Tuberculosis (DR/MDR/XDR/CDR)

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.


6 posted on 07/31/2014 7:18:01 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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To: blam

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

;)


7 posted on 07/31/2014 7:22:00 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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Another source:

http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/state/flesh-eating-bacteria-vibro-vulnificus-in-florida-ocean-hospitalizes-32-kills-10


8 posted on 07/31/2014 7:28:36 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Gadsden1st

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.


9 posted on 07/31/2014 7:29:45 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: blam

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.


10 posted on 07/31/2014 7:32:23 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

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


11 posted on 07/31/2014 7:34:25 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: trisham

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. FWC’s 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.


12 posted on 07/31/2014 7:47:52 AM PDT by Gadsden1st
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To: Gadsden1st

We have relatives and friends there. :)


13 posted on 07/31/2014 7:49:23 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

Well....I guess some from the People’s Republic of MA may be O.K.


14 posted on 07/31/2014 8:03:54 AM PDT by Gadsden1st
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To: Gadsden1st

You’re too kind.


15 posted on 07/31/2014 8:13:27 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: blam

OMG ... Vibrio vulnificus ... chicken pox ... ebola ... plus I have a toothache. We’re all gonna die !


16 posted on 07/31/2014 8:34:46 AM PDT by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
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To: Gadsden1st

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.


17 posted on 07/31/2014 9:33:23 AM PDT by ohioman
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To: ohioman
- Roll Tide -
18 posted on 07/31/2014 9:46:38 AM PDT by blam (Jeff Sessions For President)
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To: blam

It’s been showing up in the Chesapeake Bay area, too.


19 posted on 07/31/2014 9:54:26 AM PDT by Wage Slave
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Ping...


20 posted on 07/31/2014 11:23:17 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Wage Slave
"It’s been showing up in the Chesapeake Bay area, too."

No doubt caused by (ahem) global warming.

21 posted on 07/31/2014 2:30:04 PM PDT by blam (Jeff Sessions For President)
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To: blam

Roll Tide!


22 posted on 08/01/2014 9:56:01 AM PDT by ohioman
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