By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

The Florida Department of Health reported two additional Vibrio vulnificus cases this week in Hillsborough County and Charlotte County, the third and second case for each county, respectively.

Vibrio vulnificus/CDC

This brings the total cases reported this year in Florida to 33–Brevard, Charlotte (2), Clay, Duval, Escambia (3), Franklin, Hernando, Hillsborough (3), Lee (5), Leon, Levy, Manatee (2), Orange, Palm Beach, Polk (3), Santa Rosa (2), Seminole, Taylor and Volusia (2).

The death toll remains unchanged at 9–Manatee (2), Duval, Escambia, Lee, Leon, Levy, Orange and Polk counties.

In 2020, Florida reported 36 cases and 7 deaths.

The CDC reports most Vibrio infections from oysters result in only diarrhea and vomiting. However, some infections, such as those caused by Vibrio vulnificus, which also can be contracted via wound infections, can cause more severe illness, including bloodstream infections and severe blistering skin lesions. Many people with V. vulnificus infections require intensive care or limb amputations, and 15-30% of infections are fatal.