Infection With A Rare Flesh-Eating Bacteria Resulted In The Deaths Of 3 People In Connecticut And New York

A Rare Flesh-Eating Bacteria Resulted In The Deaths Of 3 People | The Lifesciences Magazine

Officials reported Wednesday that at least three people have passed away in Connecticut and New York after getting a rare flesh-eating bacteria that can be found in warm, brackish waters or raw seafood.

According to Christopher Boyle, director of communications for the state Department of Public Health, two people in Connecticut with Vibrio vulnificus and passed away after swimming in two different places on Long Island Sound. According to the Department of Public Health, a third person contracted the illness in July after consuming raw oysters at a restaurant outside the state. According to the department, all three were between the ages of 60 and 80.

According to Long Island’s governor, Kathy Hochul, the eating bacteria was also found in a person who passed away there on Wednesday. According to the news release, authorities are currently looking into the fatality in Suffolk County to establish whether the eating bacteria was found in New York waters or somewhere else.

The eating bacteria that causes cholera shares a family with Vibrio vulnificus.

Vibriosis, a bacterial infection, can result in skin sores, blisters, abscesses, and ulcers in moderate cases. Chills, fever, diarrhoea, stomach ache, and sometimes vomiting are usual symptoms. People may get septicemia in more serious situations. People with underlying medical disorders, particularly liver disease, cancer, diabetes, HIV, or other illnesses that impair immunity, are more likely to experience this.

Vibriosis can affect anyone, but according to the press release, those who have an open wound, such as a cut, scrape, recent piercing, or new tattoo, should avoid going near warm seawater in coastal areas or wrap the area with a waterproof bandage.

In the event that you experience a skin infection after potentially being exposed to the eating bacteria, doctors advise that you seek medical attention right once. The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that Vibrio vulnificus causes 80,000 illnesses and 100 fatalities in the US each year.

Three people killed by rare flesh-eating bacteria

Authorities warning citizens to exercise caution

Before consuming raw oysters or entering salty or brackish water, consumers are being advised by officials from Connecticut and New York to take measures.

Dr. Manisha Juthani, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health, stated in a news release on July 28 that people should take the necessary precautions and evaluate the potential risks of consuming raw oysters and being exposed to saline or brackish water. In particular, germs are more prone to overgrow and contaminate raw shellfish during the hottest months of the summer.

On Wednesday, the governor of New York concurred.

Hochul stated that although the vibrio bacteria is uncommon, it has unluckily reached this area and can be quite harmful. “As we continue our investigation, it is imperative that all New Yorkers remain vigilant and exercise sound judgement to protect themselves and their loved ones, including protecting open wounds from seawater and, for those with weakened immune systems, avoiding raw or undercooked shellfish that may carry the bacteria.”

In the summer, Connecticut routinely checks all of its oyster harvest locations for vibrio levels, and since 2014, the state has tightened its regulations on oyster harvesting. According to the state’s Department of Agriculture, oyster harvesters are required to, among other things, shade oysters while on a vessel and in high-risk zones, and store harvested oysters in an ice slurry to lower the interior temperature below 50 degrees Fahrenheit within three hours of harvest.

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