Flesh Eating Bacteria Invading the Shores
Written by Lauren McMillen
Last updated on August 01, 2014 @ 6:36PM
Created on August 01, 2014 @ 5:40PM
If you plan on making a last minute trip to the beach, then you might want to listen up before you head into the water. A disease is invading the coastlines of the Sunshine State.
So just what is this virus and how can you come down with it?
It's called vibrio vulnificus and anyone can get it if they come into contact with warm salt water.
The flesh-eating disease can enter your body through any type of small cut. The bacteria is found in warm water, especially the Gulf Coast shores. It can lead to a drop in blood pressure and cause severe pain. The disease can also be picked up by eating raw shellfish.
Health officials in Florida have already reported 12 cases, with 3 of those resulting in deaths.
Now although we are safe from salt water here in the Mountain State, officials warn travelers to take extra precautions
"People should realize that this specific bacteria has one requirement to grow that's very important to it and that's salt. You will only find it in warm salt water where it can grow very well. Mainly, you find this around Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and places like this," said Ted Krafczyk, Monongalia County Health Department Public Information Officer.
There are steps you can take to avoid this bug. Experts say make sure to cover up any cuts before going into the sea, do not consume raw shellfish, and wear protective clothing.
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