Man dies from flesh-eating bacteria after eating bad oysters

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Health officials say the customer was exposed to a bacterial infection known as Vibrio vulnificus and died just two days after visiting the Sarasota eatery.

The illness was caused by Vibrio vulnificus, officials said.

Florida Department of Health Sarasota County Steve Huard says that the man got Vibrio vulnificus from eating the oyster.

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The news comes from the Florida Department of Health, which revealed that the raw oysters were tainted with a bacterium called Vibrio vulnificus, commonly mislabeled as the "flesh-eating bacterium".

Health officials say the bacteria can be found anywhere in salt water at any time and can also be found in raw or undercooked shell fish. The bacterium naturally occurs in warm, brackish seawater.

Some shellfish fans look out for their health by only eating raw seafood in months ending with an "R", meaning September, October, November and December. This media house does not correct any spelling or grammatical error within press releases and commentaries. This infection can cause blistering skin lesions, bloodstream infections, and necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating disease, which causes soft tissue to die) if a wound gets infected.

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Individuals with liver disease, including Hepatitis C and cirrhosis, are most at risk for developing serious illness from Vibrio vulnificus obtained from eating raw oysters.

The Florida Department of Health said symptoms include diarrhea, fever and general symptoms associated with gastrointestinal illness, WWSB reports. It reported three cases with a single fatality in 2017, and two cases in 2016 — one of which leading to a death. Nonetheless, it said that this is the first confirmed case and death of Vibrio vulnificus in Sarasota County this year.

Suspected cases of Vibrio vulnificus need to be immediately treated with antibiotics to improve their survival.

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