“Flesh‐eating” virus claims its fourth victim this year in Mississippi, USA

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A man from Florida had contracted a deadly illness while swimming in Mississippi. The illness comes from a bacteria from Gulf of Mexico, it’s been called “Flesh­‐eating virus”. Scientifically the virus is called “Vibrio vulnificus”, the Florida Health department said that the virus could be developed when eating raw seafood, from seawater, or through a skin wound while swimming.
 
“It is always a concern from year to year, especially with extreme heat,” Anne Gayle Ellis, Florida Department of Health spokesperson, told WFLA NBC News Channel 8.
 
The Florida man’s death makes this the fourth case of this kind. Florida health officials assure that the infections are rare. They’ve had 10 cases this year and four deaths.
 
People have been warned not to eat raw seafood and not to swim with open wounds or scratches. The virus was named “Flesh eating” because it can break the skin. Some cases required surgery, some others amputation apart from the four deaths.
 
“The way to protect yourself from skin infections from vibrio is by performing good wound care and you do that by covering the wounds with dry clean bandages until they’re healed,” said Dr. Carina Blackmore, the deputy state epidemiologist in Florida.
 
For healthy people, the virus can be a mild disease. If it’s consumed, it can be manifested with diarrhea, nausea and abdominal pain. If it is entered through scratches or wounds, the skin breaks down. When in the bloodstream, the infection’s deadly outcome is about 50 percent of the time.
For people with weak immune systems or medical conditions, the virus is fatal almost 80 percent of the time.
 
The summer is more dangerous since the bacteria thrive in warm places, in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Seaboard.
 
This year’s casualties are much less than last year’s so far, as there were 32 infection cases and seven deaths in Florida in 2014.
Courtesy of potiner.com

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