(PartiallyPolitics.com) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned doctors that Vibrio vulnificus or V. vulnificus, a flesh-eating bacteria may be present in the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico waters. The health advisory was released last week, noting that doctors needed to be aware of the possibility that the deadly bacteria could have infected people’s wounds if they had been in the coastal waters where the bacteria is present.
The advisory further noted that the bacteria can be transmitted in two ways, either through consuming undercooked or raw selfish or through contact with an infected open wound. They further note that the bacteria is known for its short incubation period and that it is known for “necrotizing skin and soft tissue infection.”
As they have warned many of the patients whose wounds have been infected could need intensive care or to have surgical tissue removed.
The recent heat wave and rise in the temperature of the sea surface are likely to have led to the growth in the bacteria and in the number of infections. The CDC further pointed out that fatal infections have so far appeared in North Carolina, New York, and Connecticut. The CDC has urged people to be cautious when entering water especially because of the recent extreme weather, including the recent storms, floods, and heat waves all of which have helped in the surge of infections. They further warned that people should be careful when near coastal waters.
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