Infections of a rare and malicious bacteria eating meat were almost unheard of in and around New Jersey's coastal waters.
The water was too cold for bacteria to thrive as in the warmer areas. The change, however, is changing, according to a new study published in Annals of Internal Medicine. after entering or eating seafood from Delaware Bay over the last two years
V. vulnificus is typically found along hot coastal waters (especially brackish or fresh and salty waters) such as those in the southeast of the US and the Gulf of Mexico. Although V. vulnificus infections are not uncommon in the Chesapeake Bay area, they are "rarely reported from Delaware Bay" about 80 or 1
But the rise in ocean temperature over the last three decades now allows bacteria to spread to regions that were previously unaware of them
In the study, researchers explicitly stated their purpose: "To warn doctors about the potential risk for infections of V. vulnificus "after being exposed to water or mussels from" beyond traditional risk "Infections of the vibratory bacteria known as vibration cause about 80,000 diseases and 100 deaths in the United States every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some infections are minor, resulting in vomiting and diarrhea. Others, however, like V. vulnificus, can be lethal. Consuming raw seafood, such as raw oysters contaminated with vibrations, can cause illness. And the bacteria can come through small chips or cut while in the water. About 1 out of 7 people who get infected with V. vulnificus die, according to the CDC.
One patient quoted in the study, a 60-year-old man with Parkinson's disease, was infected with V. vulnificus after a cancer in Delaware Bay in July 2018. In the end, they will need an amputation of his four kings The 64-year-old man with untreated hepatitis C eventually died after he had infected the bacteria from culling and eating crabs from Delaware Bay, creatures that spread beyond their usual limits, whether bacteria or mosquitoes make your choice.
This does not mean we all have to panic and stay out of the water in fear of infecting bacteria like V. vulnificus. Infections of bacteria are considered extremely rare, according to experts
V. Each year vulnificus causes about 205 infections in the United States, say the CDC. Parkinson's disease
Those with a weakened immune system or underlying medical problem are particularly sensitive to the development of V. vulnificus disease, according to the CDC.
To reduce your chances of infection, CDC recommends people:
- Stay away from brackish water or, if you have a wound, cover it with a waterproof bandage so it can not come in contact with water, raw seafood or raw seafood juices.
- Contact your doctor if you develop a skin infection after coming in contact with salt water, raw seafood or raw seafood juices.
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