After going fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, a 70-year-old woman became infected with a flesh eating bacteria. Vibrio vulnificus is incredibly dangerous. If might expand to an entire limb and, most of the time, it needs to be amputated to prevent the infection from further spreading.
Last month, the woman went fishing in Fairhope, Alabama. As she needed some bait, she reached for some shrimp in a bucket, and this is when she stung the back of her hand. She noticed how she was starting to feel ill and, after three hours, her husband reported she was in a precarious condition.
The woman escaped amputation
The woman was immediately transported to a hospital in Mississippi, where she had to spend over 10 days to regain a stable condition. A lot of dead tissue had accumulated on her hand, so she had to undergo two operations to remove it and avoid amputation.
The final step towards her recovery is a reconstructive surgery, as the bacteria ate deep into her tissue. Although she had to suffer a lot, doctors regarded her case as a miracle. Usually, statistics show that most people who contract flesh eating bacteria rarely survive and, when they survive, they often lose a limb.
Where does this flesh eating bacteria come from?
Now, officials are investigating the bait carrying the flesh eating bacteria, and are trying to find where it came from. In case it came from the Gulf, they need to issue a warning against a possible infection, and inform people to be careful.
You can contract Vibrio vulnificus if you eat raw or undercooked seafood, or if a wound on your body gets into contact with infected sea water. In 2016, 46 people became infected with the flesh eating bacteria in the area around the Gulf of Mexico, and 10 of them died days after contracting the infection.
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