In a follow-up on the Vibrio vulnificus situation in Florida, the death toll from the bacterial infection in Florida increased by one as the Department of Health reported a third fatality in the state–a second from Citrus County.
The number of total cases as of July 8 is now 15–Dade (2), Citrus (2) and one each in Brevard, Broward, Collier, Duval, Escambia, Hernando, Highlands, Jackson, Lee, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties.
Vibrio vulnificus can cause disease in those who eat contaminated seafood or have an open wound that is exposed to warm seawater containing the bacteria. Ingestion of Vibrio vulnificus can cause vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Vibrio vulnificus can also cause an infection of the skin when open wounds are exposed to warm seawater; these infections may lead to skin breakdown and ulcers.
Healthy individuals typically develop a mild disease; however, Vibrio vulnificus infections can be a serious concern for people who have weakened immune systems, particularly those with chronic liver disease.
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4 thoughts on “Vibrio vulnificus: Florida reports additional death in Citrus County”
Just a comment related to this report. It would be very useful to know how the individuals were infected. The two paths of infection are naturally occurring V. vulnificus which are found in seawater and infect through open wounds and predominantly, raw, uncooked oysters (not contaminated seafood). Knowing the sources would help to adequately warn and prevent disease caused by this very virulent naturally-occurring pathogen.