Man dies of bacterial infection after eating tainted oyster at Florida restaurant


According to the Florida Department of Health, the 71-year-old man died of vibrio on July 10 after eating the oyster.

The department did not disclose the name of the establishment where the man got the oysters from. Though such infections are rare-only about 205 U.S. cases per year, according to the CDC-the Florida Department of Health notes that exposure is most common from May to October, when the saltwater the bacteria inhabits is warmest.

Florida Health recommends not going in the water if you have fresh cuts or scrapes.

A 71-year-old man died of infection of the vibrio vulnificus bacteria after eating oysters at a restaurant in Florida.

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Vibrio vulnificus is a rare disease but infections will lead to vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain, according to the departments website.

"The summer time, May, June July there are no R's in there the water's warmer so the bacteria that's potentially hazardous to some people is more prevalent", Alton said. The county did not have any vibrio cases previous year but there were confirmed cases and one death in 2016.

Florida's health department reports that there have been 16 cases of Vibriosis in the state this year and three patients have died.

Healthy individuals develop mild disease from the infection but the infection can become more serious and even deadly in people with compromised immune systems, particularly those with a chronic liver disease.

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The illness was caused by Vibrio vulnificus, officials said.

There are approximately a dozen different types of Vibrio bacteria that can trigger various forms of a gastrointestinal illness known as vibriosis.

If you eat raw seafood, such as oysters, which are bottom feeders that filter water you could be at risk. Manatee County has had one case of flesh eating bacteria so far in 2018, but no fatalities.

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