Alabama health officials issue warning about flesh-eating bacteria – Flesh-Eating Bacteria Found In Fish At Seattle Store

Flesh-Eating Bacteria Found In Fish At Seattle Store:

SEATTLE, WA – A local man has been sickened by a rare form of flesh-eating bacteria linked to fish from grocery store tanks. This is the second such case in the area recently – a woman was sickened by Vibrio vulnificus in November after cutting her hand while preparing tilapia purchased at a Bellevue seafood store.

Alabama health officials issue warning about flesh-eating bacteria:

MOBILE, Ala. — Health officials in Alabama are warning residents of a flesh-eating bacteria found in bodies of water throughout the state.

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) on Friday warned residents that Vibrio cases have been reported along Alabama’s Gulf Coast.

In a statement, officials said that Vibrio can only be contracted in brackish or salt water. It can also affect people who eat contaminated seafood and those with open wounds exposed to seawater.

Dr. Karen Landers, the department’s assistant state health officer, told CBS News that she hopes the warning educates “the general public about wounds and water, safe swimming, and safe consumption of seafood.”

“At this time of year, the ADPH receives increased calls regarding skin infections related to wounds and water as well as the occasional, rare instance of necrotizing fasciitis,” Landers said. “Sometimes, people contract Vibrio in the coastal region and do not become ill until they return to their county or state of residence.”

H/t reader kevin a.

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