24/05/2024

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CDC issues warning over flesh-eating bacteria killing Americans

CDC issues warning over flesh-eating bacteria killing Americans
CDC issues warning over flesh-eating bacteria killing Americans

A health alert has been issued by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in response to recent reports of a fatal bacterial infection that thrives in warm coastal waters. 

The Vibrio vulnificus bacteria can be found in raw or undercooked seafood, saltwater, and brackish water. The most common way to become infected is when an open wound comes into contact with vibrio bacteria in water. 

At least a dozen people have died from the infection across the country this year. About 80,000 people get vibrio infections each year. Of those infected, about 100 people will die from the infection annually in the U.S., according to the CDC.