SARASOTA (CBSMiami/AP) – One person has died and another person fell ill when they contracted a flesh-eating bacteria which can be found in warm salt water.
Sarasota County health officials issued a warning against eating raw oysters and exposing open wounds to coastal and inland waters after two Sarasota people contracted vibrio vulnificus.READ MORE: Lauderhill PD Investigating Deadly Shooting
Both people, according to officials, were middle-aged and had medically compromising conditions.
Officials said Tuesday that 11 cases were reported statewide in 2014 and 41 cases in 2013.
Vibrio is an infection caused by a bacteria found in warm salt water. It’s in the same family of bacterium that causes cholera.READ MORE: Citizens Insurance Nears 600,000 Policies
The Vibrio vulnificus bacteria occur naturally in coastal waters, especially in the summer months. Symptoms include stomach illness, fever or shock after eating raw seafood — especially oysters — or a wound infection after exposure to seawater or brackish water.
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