September 28, 2023

CDC Issues Flesh-Eating Bacteria Warning in North Carolina

Title: Health Alert Issued by CDC as Three People Die from Flesh-Eating Bacteria in North Carolina

As summer approaches, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a national health alert regarding the rise of infections caused by the flesh-eating bacteria, Vibrio vulnificus. The warning specifically targets North Carolina, where three individuals have tragically lost their lives to the bacteria this year.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is urging residents to exercise caution when dealing with open wounds or cuts while in saltwater or brackish water. In addition, the consumption of raw or undercooked oysters and shellfish can also lead to Vibrio infections.

According to reports, there have been 47 reported cases of Vibrio in North Carolina since 2019, with a worrisome eight of those cases resulting in fatalities. The majority of these cases are typically observed between June and September, during the warmest months of the year.

To prevent Vibrio infections, the CDC recommends several precautionary measures. Individuals should avoid saltwater or brackish water if they have a wound and ensure that any wounds are properly covered using waterproof bandages. Thoroughly washing wounds and refraining from contact with raw seafood and its juices are also crucial preventive steps.

Recognizing the potential signs and symptoms of a Vibrio infection is vital. These include watery diarrhea, stomach cramping, nausea, vomiting, fever, low blood pressure, and blistering skin lesions. Diagnosis typically involves detecting the presence of Vibrio bacteria in the wound, blood, or stool of the affected person.

Effective treatment of Vibrio infections involves the use of antibiotics. In severe cases, amputation may be necessary to remove infected tissue and prevent the infection from spreading further.

As the threat of Vibrio infections loom, public health officials and medical professionals in North Carolina are working tirelessly to educate people about the importance of taking necessary precautions. By raising awareness and promoting preventive measures, they hope to curb the spread of this deadly bacteria and protect the health and well-being of the public.

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