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31 Infected by Salt Water-Bacteria in Florida

NBC News reports that several deaths have been reported in Florida due to an infection, vibrio vulnificus. The bacteria is often found in warm salt water and is related to the bacteria that causes cholera. Healthcare officials report that 31 people this year have been infected by the bacteria and 10 have died. Vibrio vulnificus can be contracted when one ingests raw tainted shellfish or when an open wound comes in contact with the bacteria. It can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever, and blistering wounds. Experts say people “shouldn’t be afraid of going in the water” and that the oceans are no more dangerous than they were “yesterday or 10 years ago.” They do, however, caution people with compromised immune systems, such as those with cancer or diabetes, to exercise caution when around salt water or salt water critters.

Read the article published by NBC News.