Fishermen warned of dangerous Vibrio vulnificus bacteria - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Fishermen warned of dangerous Vibrio vulnificus bacteria

False color image of vibrio vulnificus as viewed through an electron microscope. (Source: CDC/James Gathany) False color image of vibrio vulnificus as viewed through an electron microscope. (Source: CDC/James Gathany)
(KPLC) - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries last week advised fishermen to be cautious about the Vibrio vulnificus bacteria found in saltwater.

V. vulnificus is known as a "flesh eating bacterium" and it can cause skin infection to open wounds. LDWF said those infections can lead to skin breakdown and ulceration. Blood infections from the bacteria are fatal about 50 percent of the time.

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals data showed there are about 10 to 15 cases per year in Louisiana. Most people become infected from contact with saltwater on an open wound, and others from consuming raw seafood.

The Center for Disease Control and LDHH report people that are immuno-compromised are 80 times more likely to develop Vv bloodstream infections than healthy people.

LDWF advises people going in saltwater to carry basic disinfectant for use if skin is punctured, and to contact a physician if ulceration and rapid swelling occur around the wound area.

For more information, visit http://vm.cfsan.fda.gov, or http://www.cdc.gov/health/diseases.htm.

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