By NewsDesk    @infectiousdiseasenews


Vibrio vulnificus/CDC

After a young boy was infected with Vibrio, a type of flesh-eating bacteria recently near Ocean City, health officials say this case is rare and local waterways are still safe to swim in.

The boy’s mother, Brittany Carey, described what happened to her son in a June 29 Facebook post. According to Carey, her son was swimming in the Sinepuxent Bay just north of the Harry Kelley Memorial Bridge between West Ocean City and downtown.

Read more at Delmarva Now

Florida- Santa Rosa Beach

Tyler King was at work in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, last week, when he noticed his left bicep starting to swell. He tried taking Benadryl but just a few hours later his arm had nearly tripled in size. He rushed to the emergency room.

“When I was a little bit younger, I probably would have tried to tough it out. Well, that would have been the worst thing that I could do,” King said. “If I had gone to sleep … and had woke up with it at the rate it was spreading, I might not have an arm right now.”

Read more at CBS News

Florida- Anna Maria Island

A woman died after cutting her leg at a beach in Florida, and her family is raising awareness about the flesh-eating bacteria that killed her.

Lynn Fleming, 77, fell and cut herself while walking on a beach two weeks ago on Anna Maria Island.

Read more at USA Today

Indiana via Florida

A 12-year-old girl who was infected with an often deadly flesh-eating bacteria is walking again, just weeks after contracting it while wading in the ocean on a family vacation.

Kylei Parker knew something was wrong a few days after the Indiana clan arrived in Florida. Her leg hurt and she was running a fever.

Read more at Inside Edition