By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Swedish Public Health Agency, or Folkhalsomyndigheten reports during the summer of 2021, 29 cases of the more serious vibrio infection in wounds or blood during July and August.

Vibrio vulnificus/CDC

Most of these cases were reported during the month of July (24 cases), which were linked to hot with high water temperatures. When brackish and salt water, but also fresh water, reaches 20 ° C and more, the naturally occurring vibrio bacteria grow and the risk of infection during swimming increases.

The cases have mainly been reported from the coastal landscapes in Götaland and Svealand and, as before, the majority of cases are over 65 years old and more men than women.

To prevent cases of illness, bathing is not recommended if you have significant wounds, especially if you are elderly and / or have a weakened immune system.

The first documented Vibrio vulnificus case in Sweden was in 1995 in a 90-year-old woman who presented with fever, malaise and cellulitis after receiving mild trauma to a toe.