A 71-year-old man from Sarasota County, Florida died from a bacterial infection he got after eating a bad oyster.
Vibrio vulnificus is a naturally occurring bacteria that resides in warm, brackish seawater.
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The man had underlying medical conditions, a Florida Department of Health spokesman told WTLV-TV. His name has not been released at this time.
The man died two days after eating the tainted oyster, WWSB reported.
While Vibrio vulnificus is sometimes known as 'flesh-eating bacteria, ' the label is misleading because humans with healthy skin are not at risk.
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"The bacterium can invade the bloodstream, causing a severe and life-threatening illness", the Florida Department of Health said". The bacterium usually thrives in warm and blackish sea water. Individuals who exhibit symptoms after entering the water with open wounds or after eating raw shellfish are urged to see their doctor.
Florida's health department reports that there have been 16 cases of Vibriosis in the state this year and three patients have died. "Septicemia can be characterized by fever and chills, occasionally accompanied by vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and pain in the extremities".
Oysters, clams, and mussels need to be cooked thoroughly since infection may be contracted through consumption of undercooked shellfish. Sarasota County didn't have any cases or deaths in 2017. But an infection can become more serious, leading to lethal in those with a compromised immune system, especially folks suffering from chronic liver disease. In 2016, there were 46 confirmed cases statewide and 10 fatalities.
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