Florida Vibrio vulnificus update: The first 9 months of 2022

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Florida health officials have reported 37 cases of Vibrio genus as of September 30 of this year. These are four cases since Last report 3 weeks ago.

Cases were distributed as follows: Bay (3), Brevard (2), Broward (2), Charlotte (1), Citrus (2), Collier (2), Dade (2), Duval (1), Escambia (5) ), Flagler (1), Hernando (1), Highland (1), Indian River (1), Jackson (1), Lee (2), Leon (1), Madison (1), Manatee (1), Ocaloosa (2), Pinellas (1), Santa Rosa (3) and Seminole (1).

Regarding deaths, seven deaths were reported in Bay (1), Broward (1), Citrus (2), Escambia (1), Highlands (1) and Seminole (1).

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

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.

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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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