71-year-old dies after eating oysters tainted with flesh-eating bacteria

21 July, 2018, 04:10 | Author: Denise Dawson
  • Florida health officials revealed that flesh-eating bacteria in raw oysters killed a 71-year-old man

The 71-year-old Sarasota man was said to have eaten the contaminated oysters on July 8 and died two days later, according to the Florida Department of Health.

Sarasota, Fla. - Health officials say a man died from a bacterial infection after eating a bad oyster in Sarasota last week. He died on July 10.

Vibrio vulnificus is sometimes referred to as a "flesh-eating bacteria" but health officials say that label is misleading because it can not attack healthy skin.

These bacteria thrive in warm, salty water, which is why infections tend to happen more in the summer.

Vibrio vulnificus is a naturally occurring bacteria that resides in warm, brackish seawater. A department spokesman tells us the man also had underlying medical conditions.

While neither the man's identity nor the name of the Sarasota restaurant has been released, the incident occurred earlier this month.

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There is an investigation protcol in place that notifies the restaurant and determines the batch where the oyster came from so that sale of that specific batch can be stopped.

Symptoms can include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever and chills, rapid pulse, rapid breathing, wound infections and intestinal infections.

The CDC says that Vibrio vulnificus causes 80,000 illnesses each year in the United States. If the infection is contracted through the skin, it can lead to skin breakdown and ulcers. In 2016, Manatee County had two cases, while Sarasota County had three cases and one fatality.

While Vibrio vulnificus is sometimes known as 'flesh-eating bacteria, ' the label is misleading because humans with healthy skin are not at risk. People with a weakened immune system are most at risk for severe illness or death.

Hurricane floodwaters after Harvey resulted in at least one fatality from flesh-eating bacteria and there were several Vibrio deaths after Katrina.

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