Man dies after eating raw oysters tainted with 'flesh-eating' bacteria

Jul 21, 2018, 04:09
Man dies after eating raw oysters tainted with 'flesh-eating' bacteria

Drennon warned: "We tell everybody regardless of age or immune status that they should avoid eating raw or undercooked shell fish or seafood or avoid being in the saltwater when they have an open wound or lesion on their body".

A man who ate raw oysters at a Florida restaurant has died after contracting an infection from the Vibrio vulnificus bacteria, health officials say. It states the man ate the oyster on July 8th and died two days later. "Vibrio vulnificus is a naturally occurring bacteria in warm, salty or brackish water", Florida Department of Health said.

There are approximately a dozen different types of Vibrio bacteria that can trigger various forms of a gastrointestinal illness known as vibriosis.

People with the preexisting medical condition have 80 times higher risk for Vibrio vulnificus bloodstream infections compared with healthy people.

The elderly and those with underlying health conditions are particularly vulnerable to these infections. About 52,000 of those illnesses are believed to be caused by eating contaminated food.

The vast majority of vibriosis infections result in symptoms typical of a foodborne illness: cramping, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, fever, and chills.

The 71-year-old man was from Sarasota, Florida. The county, according to the department, didn't have any cases or deaths in 2017, and three confirmed cases and one death in 2016.

When treatment is possible, understanding that flesh-eating disease has been caused by Vibrio is important, since it's treated differently from other bacteria. What are the symptoms of this bacterial infection and how is it treated?

Though sometimes labeled a "flesh-eating" bacteria, Vibrio vulnificus can not attack healthy skin, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

According to the CDC, there's no way to know if an oyster carries bacteria like Vibrio. While most cases are mild, the infection can become serious and lead to limb amputation or death within days of encountering the flesh-eating bacteria.

The best method of prevention is to simply avoid eating oysters raw.

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