Flesh-eating germ warning released in Alabama


MOBILE, Ala. — Health officials in Alabama are warning residents of a flesh-eating bacteria found in bodies of water via the state.

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) on Friday warned residents that Vibrio cases have been reported along Alabama’s Gulf Coast.

In a statement, officials pronounced that Vibrio can only be engaged in brackish or salt water. It can also impact people who eat infested seafood and those with open wounds unprotected to seawater. 

Dr. Karen Landers, the department’s partner state health officer, told CBS News that she hopes the warning educates “the ubiquitous open about wounds and water, protected swimming, and protected expenditure of seafood.”

“At this time of year, the ADPH receives increasing calls per skin infections associated to wounds and water as good as the occasional, singular instance of necrotizing fasciitis,” Landers said. “Sometimes, people agreement Vibrio in the coastal segment and do not turn ill until they return to their county or state of residence.”

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In the statement, the dialect urged people who get cuts in water to immediately rinse the wound with fresh water and soap, and to find medical courtesy immediately. They also speedy those with open wounds and sores to stay out of the water, and persons with low defence systems, cancer, diabetes, liver illness and ongoing conditions to equivocate eating tender and undercooked seafood — generally oysters.

Symptoms typically start within 24 hours and embody diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fever, chills and nausea, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This week, the Mobile County Health Department’s Barbara Gibbs reliable 3 cases of Vibrio in the area, CBS associate WKRG-TV in Mobile reports. Gibbs pronounced 3 cases are associated to open wounds being unprotected to the water and one case is from eating tender oysters in another state.

Gibbs told WKRG-TV that in 80 percent of cases, people who revisit the alloy within 24 hours of infection should be fine.

The CDC estimates 80,000 people in the U.S. turn sick with Vibrio illness (vibriosis) any year and that 100 die from their infection. In the past year, the ADPH has conducted 33 investigations and reported 30 cases of vibriosis in Alabama.

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