A person from Santa Rosa County is the 3rd and latest Vibrio vulnificus fatality reported in Florida year-to-date.
Previous deaths due to Vibrio were reported in Orange and Brevard Counties.
State health officials put the total case count at 18, as of Aug. 30. Last year, Florida reported 46 cases, including 10 deaths.
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been investigating a nationwide Cyclospora outbreak that has affected nearly 900 people, including at least 478 (54%) of these persons that did not report international travel (locally acquired).
Of the locally acquired total, Florida has seen 61 cases, second only to Texas.
“At this time, no specific vehicle of interest has been identified, and investigations to identify a potential source (or sources) of infection are ongoing,” the CDC said. Previous US Cyclospora outbreaks have been tied to imported fresh produce, including basil, cilantro, mesclun lettuce, raspberries, and snow peas.
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