Update: Florida Department of Health reached out to me to state that this is NOT a Flesh eating virus. Here is what they had to say: Florida Dept Health “Vibrio vulnificus is often mislabeled as flesh-eating bacteria but it is very important to note that it is not flesh-eating bacteria. Vibrio vulnificus is a naturally occurring bacteria in warm, salty or brackish water. For more info:
Vibrio vulnificus is a bacterium that normally lives in warm seawater and is part of a group of vibrios that are called “halophilic” because they require salt.
Vibrio vulnificus infections are rare.
Vibrio vulnificus is a naturally occurring bacteria in warm, brackish seawater.
Water and wounds do not mix. Do not enter the water if you have fresh cuts or scrapes.
IMPORTANT: Individuals who are immunocompromised, e.g chronic liver disease, kidney disease, or weakened immune system, should wear proper foot protection to prevent cuts and injury caused by rocks and shells on the beach.
Florida man dies after eating oyster tainted with ‘flesh-eating’ bacteria
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A 71-year-old man died after consuming “flesh-eating” bacteria on an oyster, Florida health officials confirmed Wednesday.