Florida: Lee County reports 29 Vibrio cases, 4 deaths due to the impacts of Hurricane Ian

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The Florida Department of Health on Friday reported a significant increase in Vibrio vulnificus cases in 2022 due to an abnormal increase due to the effects of Hurricane Ian in Lee and Collier counties.

The state has reported 65 cases so far, including 29 from Lee County and three from Collier County.

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The death toll so far has reached 11, including four in Lee County.

Florida: Lee County health officials warn of Vibrio vulnificus after Hurricane Ian

Earlier this month, the Florida Department of Health in Lee County (DOH-meUrging the public to take precautions against infection and disease caused by Vibrio vulnificus.

The state saw 34 cases of V. vulnificus and 10 deaths in 2021.

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Vibrio vulnificus can cause illness in those who eat contaminated seafood or have an open wound exposed to warm seawater that contains the bacteria. Taking Vibrio vulnificus can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Vibrio vulnificus can also cause a skin infection when open wounds are exposed to warm sea water; These infections may cause the skin to break down and ulcerate.

Healthy individuals usually develop mild disease; However, Vibrio vulnificus infection can be a serious concern for people with compromised immune systems, especially those with chronic liver disease.

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The bacteria can invade the bloodstream, causing a serious, life-threatening illness with symptoms such as fever, chills, low blood pressure (septic shock), and ulcerated skin lesions. Vibrio vulnificus bloodstream infection is fatal about 50 percent of the time. A recent study showed that people with these pre-existing medical conditions were 80 times more likely to develop a Vibrio vulnificus bloodstream infection than healthy people.



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