News Florida warns beachgoers of flesh-eating bacteria

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    Florida health officials say at least eight people have been infected by a rare flesh-eating bacteria that lives in warm seawater.

    According to the Florida Department of Health, at least two deaths have been reported from the Vibrio vulnificus bacterium.

    Officials are warning beachgoers not to enter the water if they have fresh cuts or scrapes. They also say that those who have immunocompromised (for example, those with: chronic liver disease, kidney disease, or weakened immune system), should wear foot protection to prevent cuts from rocks and shells on the beach. For those individuals, the "bacterium can invade the bloodstream, causing a severe and life-threatening illness with symptoms like fever, chills, decreased blood pressure (septic shock) and blistering skin lesions."

    When the bacterium enters an open wound, infections can lead to skin breakdown and ulcers.

    Those who eat contaminated seafood can also get infected, health officials said. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain.

    Counties that have reported cases of Vibrio vulnificus in 2015 include Brevard (fatal), Brevard (2), Duval, Marion (fatal), Pasco, Santa Rosa and St. Lucie.

    There were 32 cases of the bacteria reported in 2014; seven of those were fatal.


    Florida health officials say the following are some tips to avoid Vibrio vulnificus infections:

    Do not eat raw oysters or other raw shellfish.
    Cook shellfish (oysters, clams, mussels) thoroughly.
    For shellfish in the shell, either a) boil until the shells open and continue boiling for 5 more minutes, or b) steam until the shells open and then continue cooking for 9 more minutes. Do not eat those shellfish that do not open during cooking. Boil shucked oysters at least 3 minutes, or fry them in oil at least 10 minutes at 375°F.
    Avoid cross-contamination of cooked seafood and other foods with raw seafood and juices from raw seafood.
    Eat shellfish promptly after cooking and refrigerate leftovers.
    Avoid exposure of open wounds or broken skin to warm salt or brackish water, or to raw shellfish harvested from such waters.
    Wear protective clothing (e.g., gloves) when handling raw shellfish.
     
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    People think life in Florida is one big Corona commercial. That it's all margaritas, Mickey Mousey and Jimmy Bufffett. The reality is, Florida is filled with fire ants, bugs you've never even heard of or have seen before, snakes, sharks, alligators, deadly cloud to ground lightning strikes, flesh eating bacteria, and worst of all, Floridians. And that's just central and south Florida!

    Having said that, there are some cool parts of Florida I guess.
     
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    No, there aren't.
     
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    You live in Florida?
     
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    Isnt Florida the most humidiest state in the country?
     
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    you yankees need to stop talking shit about Florida
     
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    Floriduh :-/
     
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    Most humidiest?:ufacepalm:
     
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    I aint no yankee!:pissed:
    I'm a Pollarck!
     
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    My brother moved down there for some reason.
     
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    I stand corrected:toptip:
     
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    I'm a yankee, but I've lived in Florida for 17 years. I have license.
     
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    I take that as a no
     
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    what you won't see in FL
     
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    Been here many years now. Stupidest state ever. AND HOT. OMG it's fucking HOT all the time. And if you do get a chance to venture outside cause it looks like a nice day a torential downpour will happen and ruin your hair. I'm covered in mosquito bites at the moment. They have fire ants that can literally kill you. Coyotes are stealing peoples' doggies right of their leashes a few towns away. And the Palmetto bugs look like they came from prehistoric times. I spend more time indoors than I ever did up north. No one speaks english. But it doesn't snow here. So I guess there's that.
     
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    sorry, I do live here but I meant it's Floriduh. :)
     
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    Don't ever go there during the summer. I took my kids to Disney in August a few years back. What a nightmare. I picked August because it was cheaper. :facepalm:

    Here's a picture of me and my boys waiting to get on Rockin Rollercoaster.....

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    I lived in Buffalo for 15 years, so I have a license too. Florida is better. way better
     
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