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Local resident dies after infection from Vibrio

Posted: 6:44 PM, Jul 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-23 19:44:28-04

CORPUS CHRISTI – A Nueces County resident has passed away after contracting Vibrio.  According to the Nueces County Public Health District, an elderly person contracted the vibriosis infection after wade fishing in the ocean with skin tears.  The victim went to the hospital suffering from severe leg pain and the classic signs of a bacterial infection.  Measures were taken to fight the infection, including amputation but the victim passed away within 24 to 36 hours of admission. The Nueces County Public Health District wants to warn the public of the Vibrio bacteria that naturally inhabit coastal waters where oysters live.  These bacteria are higher in concentration between May and October when water temperatures are warmer. The bacteria can enter the body through an open wound or by consuming raw or undercooked shellfish and can make some people sick and some Vibrio’s can cause particularly severe and life-threatening infections such as this particular case. Symptoms can include: Watery diarrhea Abdominal cramping Nausea Vomiting Fever Chills Severe Pain Blistering skin lesionsDr. William Burgin, Jr., Local Health Authority and the CDC advises residents to reduce your risk of vibriosis by following these tips: Don’t eat raw or undercooked oysters or other shellfish. Cook them before eating. Always wash your hands (https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/) with soap and water after handling raw shellfish. Avoid contaminating cooked shellfish with raw shellfish and its juices. Stay out of brackish or salt water if you have a wound (including cuts and scrapes), or cover your wound with a waterproof bandage if there’s a possibility it could come into contact with brackish or saltwater, raw seafood, or raw seafood juices.  Brackish water is a mixture of fresh and seawater. It is often found where rivers meet the sea. Wash wounds and cuts thoroughly with soap and water if they have been exposed to seawater or raw seafood or its juices. If you develop a skin infection, tell your doctor if your skin has come into contact with brackish or saltwater, raw seafood, or raw seafood juices.Anyone can get sick from vibriosis, but you may be more likely to get an infection or severe complications if you Have liver disease, cancer, diabetes, HIV, or thalassemia Receive immune-suppressing therapy for the treatment of disease. Take medicine to decrease stomach acid level. Have had recent stomach surgery If you are in a group more likely to get vibriosis: Wear clothes and shoes that can protect you from cuts and scrapes when in brackish or salt water. Wear protective gloves when handling raw seafood.