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Experts warn beach guests about carnivorous bacteria



According to CDC, 80% of the infections occur between May and October

(WKBN) – Specialists warn people of a rare, aggressive carnivorous bacterial infection recently concluded by a 12-year-old on a Florida beach.

Kylie Brown visited Destin Beach earlier this month. As she was on her way home to Indiana, Brown began to feel pain in her leg.

This pain quickly became swelling and fever, as doctors decided, was caused by a carnivorous bacterium called vibrio vulnificus.

Specialists say the bacteria can cause infection when an open wound is exposed to saline.

"You don't want to go to the beach with something cut or open. You don't want an open wound, sore, etc. And then go out to the beach, walk on the sand, especially go out into the water even with an open lesion, "Contagious disease consultant John Venglarcik said.

Venglarcik said you can still get infected if you have a bandage.

According to CDC, 80% of the infections occur between May and October when the water temperatures are warmer.

Many infections are due to a strain of vibrio vulnificus. In Florida, 397 people were infected and 1

08 died from it between 2008 and 2018. "The whole central part of the United States drains down there, and then all the pollution, all the wastewater, everything that comes in and then spreads out in the Gulf, "says Venglarcik.

Anyone can enter into a vibrio vulnificus infection. Some of the signs to look for include redness, tenderness, pain and fever.

Venglarcik said these infections are rare but serious. They can even lead to limb feeding.

He provided immediate medical attention if you are on the beach and develop these symptoms.

"If there is something that develops rapidly and it happens for a period of six to eight hours, like the carnivorous bacteria, you can see it scattered, and if you see it, you need to quickly have an emergency room. "He said.

Venglarcik said these infections may occur in other coastal areas beyond the Gulf. He also did not advise swimming in fresh water if you have an open wound.


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