Hillsborough County, FL has reported it’s fourth Vibrio vulnificus case of the year, according to state health officials. This brings the total in Florida 26 cases and 11 deaths. The first three cases reported from the county were fatal.

Legionnaires’ disease has been a big story this year with outbreaks peppered throughout the country. In Hillsborough County, 13 cases were reported during the first seven months of 2015. This is nearly double what they saw during the same period in 2014 (7).

Concerning enteric infections, both bacterial and parasitic, county health officials report a sharp increase in Shigella cases (205 in 2015 vs 29 in 2014), an increase in Campylobacter cases (164 vs 98) and an increase in the parasitic infection, cryptosporidium (45 vs 35).

As far as vaccine preventable diseases, data shows the number of pertussis, or whooping cough cases are down this year (24 vs 54).

Sexually transmitted infections numbers are pretty steady between Jan. – Jul. 2014 and 2015 across the board–HIV/AIDS, gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis.

Robert Herriman is a microbiologist and theEditor-in-Chief of Outbreak News Today and the Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch

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