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Vibrio Vulnificus Affecting the human bodies in the United States and Mexico

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(Last Updated On: July 10, 2017)

As per the warnings by the health officials of Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), residents are warned to stay safe from flesh-eating bacteria, mostly present in water bodies throughout the state. Residents are being warned that cases of vibrio vulnificus are on the rise along Gulf Coast of the United States.

Causes of infection spread by the bacterium

The main reason behind being infected from vibrio vulnificus is the direct contact with the seawater either as a form of food or as a sporting activity or part of a profession. If one happens to eat contaminated seafood or does swimming in the seawater or else works in the seawater with the exposed wounds, then the chances of getting this infection increase to a great extent.

Thus by taking all the precautionary measures people of the state are being warned to stay away from the seawater by all possible means and not risk their lives. Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is getting calls regularly from the people going through skin infections related to seawater. At times, it is seen that people visiting the coastal regions for work or leisure fall ill once they return to their country or place of residence. They tend to do away with the infection till the time they are in the coastal region.

Thus people with wounds are being requested to wash the wound with clean water and antibacterial soap and stay away from the water till the time the wound gets healed up. Medical attention must be sought if the need is, without any further delays. Consumption of seafood must be avoided by all kinds of people, especially the ones suffering from systems with low immunity, cancer, diabetes, liver disease and chronic conditions as a whole.

Symptoms of this disease

Symptoms of vibrio vulnificus are visible within 24 hours as per the research by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and include the following:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Nausea

In the current week itself, three cases of vibrio vulnificus are reported in the Gulf Coast of the United States. The sole and whole reason behind the same is the exposure of the open wounds to the seawater. Whereas so far one case has been reported in another state related to seafood consumption. People visiting the doctor within 24 hours of the infection get the much-needed treatment and become fine. This happens in almost 80% of the cases.

While fishing in the Gulf of Mexico last week, Alabama, a 70-year-old woman lost parts of her hand as well as the arm after contracting vibrio vulnificus, flesh-eating bacteria.  She first became ill after she put her hand in the bucket containing the sea animals. Within three hours, she became serious and could see her death very much.

To sum it up, vibrio vulnificus is a bacterium that is present in warm water as well as sea animals found around the coastal regions of AlabamaGulf Coast of the United States and the Gulf of Mexico. Hence, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) officials warn the people to stay away from the seawater to the maximum possible extent.

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