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Health & FitFlorida man contracts flesh-eating bacteria without even touching water

17:30  04 july  2019
17:30  04 july  2019 Source:   cbsnews.com

Florida man almost loses his hand after getting 'flesh-eating' disease from a fishing hook

Florida man almost loses his hand after getting 'flesh-eating' disease from a fishing hook Mike Walton of Florida went fishing with friends. On the trip, he got pricked by a hook and got "flesh-eating" bacteria.

Email. Man contracts vibrio without touching water . Tyler King was at work in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida , last week, when he noticed his left bicep King had contracted vibrio, a bacteria commonly found in warm, brackish water – a mix of salt and fresh water . When exposed to an open wound

As millions of Americans head to the coast this holiday week, there are new concerns about rare, but potentially deadly flesh - eating bacteria found in warm waters . One woman, Lynn Fleming, died last week when she was infected after falling at a beach. Now, other families are sounding the alarm.

Tyler King was at work in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, last week, when he noticed his left bicep starting to swell. He tried taking Benadryl but just a few hours later his arm had nearly tripled in size. He rushed to the emergency room.

"When I was a little bit younger, I probably would have tried to tough it out. Well, that would have been the worst thing that I could do," King said. "If I had gone to sleep … and had woke up with it at the rate it was spreading, I might not have an arm right now."

A 12-year-old girl contracted a flesh-eating bacteria while on vacation in Florida

A 12-year-old girl contracted a flesh-eating bacteria while on vacation in Florida The girl's family think she got the flesh-eating disease necrotizing fascitis after she got in the water at a Florida beach during vacation.

King had contracted vibrio, a bacteria commonly found in warm, brackish water – a mix of salt and fresh water . When exposed to an open wound He says the key to stopping flesh - eating bacteria is to catch and treat infections with antibiotics quickly. Older people with medical conditions like diabetes

A Florida man said he contracted a flesh - eating bacteria without even going into the water . Tyler King, of Santa Rosa Beach, was at work Symptoms can included nausea, vomiting, fever and watery diarrhea. The onset is usually 24 hours after the food had been eaten and last no more than three

King had contracted vibrio, a bacteria commonly found in warm, brackish water – a mix of salt and fresh water. When exposed to an open wound, vibrio can cause a skin infection. If left untreated, the bacteria can be deadly.

King, who owns a water sports business, says he did not directly touch water the day he was infected. He still doesn't know how it happened but he considers himself lucky. Similar cases of infection have been popping up on beaches along the East Coast. A Maryland woman says her son is healing after he developed open wounds swimming in a bay last week. A 77-year-old woman who was walking along the Gulf died after developing necrotizing fasciitis when she fell in the water and cut her leg.

"Waters are getting warmer and the bacteria love warmer water, so we're all at higher risk," explained CBS News medical contributor Dr. David Agus.

Maryland boy victim of flesh-eating bacteria after a swim off the coast of Maryland

Maryland boy victim of flesh-eating bacteria after a swim off the coast of Maryland A mother said her son was covered in wounds from flesh-eating bacteria the day following a swim off the coast of Maryland, according to CNN Affiliate WJZ-TV in Baltimore. Peninsula Regional Health System physicians diagnosed the boy with Vibrio, Brittany Carey shared in her Facebook post on Saturday. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Vibrio causes an estimated 80,000 illnesses and 100 deaths in the United States every year, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

King had contracted vibrio, a bacteria commonly found in warm, brackish water – a mix of salt and fresh water . When exposed to an open wound He says the key to stopping flesh - eating bacteria is to catch and treat infections with antibiotics quickly. Older people with medical conditions like diabetes

A Florida man contracted a flesh - eating bacteria called vibrio without ever coming into contact with the warm, brackish water where it typically lives, officials say. Doctors found that King — who owns a water sports business but says he did not directly touch the water that day — contracted vibrio.

Florida man contracts flesh-eating bacteria without even touching water© Credit: CBSNews nfa-duncan-flesh-eating-bacteria-needs-tracks-and-gfx-frame-2709.jpg He says the key to stopping flesh-eating bacteria is to catch and treat infections with antibiotics quickly. Older people with medical conditions like diabetes, cancer or immune deficiencies are more susceptible. "Once that bacteria has spread in the bloodstream to the organs, sometimes it's too hard to treat … but just pay attention. Don't be afraid of the ocean, but be aware of what's going on," Agus said.

Agus recommended people check themselves and children for cuts and to cover any open wounds with waterproof band-aids before getting in the ocean.

If you do get a cut in the water, clean it with hand sanitizer immediately and keep monitoring cuts for any signs of infection like swelling or redness.

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