Alabama officials report 3 cases of flesh-eating Alabama officials report 3 cases of meat-eating pathogenic bacteria MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile County health officials are confirming three cases of flesh-eating bacteria, or “vibrio vulnificus,” in the county.
Health officials say all three cases are considered mild.
Dr. Karen Landers with the Alabama Department of Public Health says they’re working with Mississippi health officials to further investigate the case that involved a Mississippi woman who was fishing off Fairhope Pier.
Barbara Gibbs, who oversees the Infectious Disease and Control Department with the county health department, says one case was from an individual who consumed raw oysters in another state.
WALA-TV reports the latter two cases happened during June — one in the Mississippi Sound and the other on Dauphin Island.
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Alabama health authorities warn of flesh-eating bacteria found in local waters – Xinhua
Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-10 15:29:08|Editor: Song LifangVideo Player CloseWASHINGTON, July 10 (Xinhua) — Health authorities in the U.S. state of Alabama have issued a warning reminding local residents of a flesh-eating bacteria found in bodies of water throughout the state.
Once infected, the Vibrio bacteria may lead to destructive soft-tissue infections and other illnesses, the department said.
The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) said in a press release that the bacteria, known as Vibrio, was found mostly in brackish and warm salt water such as bay or gulf waters.
“In someone with a compromised immune system, the bacteria can infect the bloodstream and may result in death,” it said.
The ADPH said symptoms of Vibrio illness may include diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, chills , fever, shock, skin lesions and wound infections.