Deadly Vibrio vulnificus bacteria claims lives in New York and Florida

13:35 21.08.2023

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued additional tips to help reduce the risk of Vibrio vulnificus infection. The bacteria, found in raw shellfish or seawater, has recently caused several deaths in Florida, New York, Connecticut, and North Carolina. The CDC advises the public to take the following precautions:

1. Wash your hands after handling raw shellfish: This simple step can help prevent the spread of bacteria from contaminated seafood.

2. Avoid contaminating cooked shellfish: Make sure to separate cooked shellfish from raw shellfish and its juices to prevent cross-contamination.

3. Clean wounds exposed to seawater or raw seafood: If you have an open wound or cut that has come into contact with seawater, raw seafood, or its juices, thoroughly wash and clean the area.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul emphasized the importance of staying vigilant and taking responsible precautions to ensure the safety of oneself and loved ones. It is particularly crucial for those with compromised immune systems or open wounds to protect themselves from exposure to Vibrio vulnificus.

The symptoms of Vibrio vulnificus infection can vary depending on the type of infection. In cases of diarrhea, individuals may experience accompanying symptoms such as cramps, nausea, vomiting, and fever. Bloodstream infections may present with chills, low blood pressure, and blistering skin lesions. Wound infections, which can spread throughout the body, may be characterized by redness, pain, swelling, warmth, discoloration, and discharge or leaking fluids.

If an infection is suspected, it is essential to seek medical attention promptly. A diagnosis is made when Vibrio bacteria is detected in the wound, blood, or stool of an individual. Treatment typically involves administering antibiotics, but in severe cases, amputation may be necessary to remove dead or infected tissue.

The CDC's guidelines aim to raise awareness about the risks associated with Vibrio vulnificus and provide practical measures to minimize the chances of infection. By following these recommendations, individuals can protect themselves and reduce the spread of this potentially fatal bacteria.

/ Monday, August 21, 2023, 1:35 PM /

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