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BumRushDaShow

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Thu Sep 7, 2023, 05:41 AM Sep 2023

Health advisory issued for rare bacterial infection that has claimed the lives of a dozen Americans [View all]

Source: USA Today

Published 9:29 p.m. ET Sept. 6, 2023

A health alert has been issued by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in response to recent reports of a fatal bacterial infection that thrives in warm coastal waters. The Vibrio vulnificus bacteria can be found in raw or undercooked seafood, saltwater, and brackish water. The most common way to become infected is when an open wound comes into contact with vibrio bacteria in water.

At least a dozen people have died from the infection across the country this year. About 80,000 people get vibrio infections each year. Of those infected, about 100 people will die from the infection annually in the U.S., according to the CDC. As ocean waters continue to warm due to climate change, the Vibrio vulnificus is migrating north, studies have found.

"The warmer water is, the more bacteria can reproduce faster," researcher Gabby Barbarite at Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce, Florida told USA Today. Infections have increased eight-fold between 1988 and 2018 around he country, according to research published in March in the journal Nature Portfolio.

The bacteria and infections are spreading northwards up the East Coast at a rate of about 30 miles a year, researchers share. "Cases used to be concentrated almost exclusively in the Gulf of Mexico in the southern United States," Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University, told USA TODAY earlier this year.

Read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2023/09/06/cdc-flesh-eating-bacteria-advisory-issued/70781843007/



Link to info on alert - https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/2023/han00497.asp
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Just the beginning. Think. Again. Sep 2023 #1
The ocean water temps off the coast of NJ BumRushDaShow Sep 2023 #2
Dangerous rip currents along Atlantic coast spur rescues, at least 3 deaths question everything Sep 2023 #11
Yeah BumRushDaShow Sep 2023 #14
In Florida, seven have already died from this flesh eating bacteria. ancianita Sep 2023 #3
Yeah BumRushDaShow Sep 2023 #4
The Gulf and hot Atlantic are washing even more toward shores with Lee heading east to the Bahamas. ancianita Sep 2023 #5
I'm watching Lee closely BumRushDaShow Sep 2023 #7
Thank you. So far it's only moving at 14 mph, and if it doesn't swing northward, should ancianita Sep 2023 #8
14 mph is pretty "rapid" for a storm that size BumRushDaShow Sep 2023 #10
I'll take your word for it; Idalia moved from 13 mph to 35 mph, and I've heard higher mph's ancianita Sep 2023 #21
Once these storms become "post" or "extra" tropical BumRushDaShow Sep 2023 #23
Cool! I tracked them in 8th grade, but when NOAA showed up, I felt in better hands. Glad you ancianita Sep 2023 #24
One of my fave trackers is Levi Cowan BumRushDaShow Sep 2023 #25
I'm sure he's right. Because El Nino has been a factor in turning Atlantic hurricanes north. ancianita Sep 2023 #26
What is interesting is that back in '89 BumRushDaShow Sep 2023 #27
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... BumRushDaShow Sep 2023 #29
Touching lyrics. ancianita Sep 2023 #30
And a true story BumRushDaShow Sep 2023 #31
Thank you. So far it's only moving at 14 mph, and if it doesn't swing northward, should ancianita Sep 2023 #15
Just another benefit from global warming Farmer-Rick Sep 2023 #6
Welp, laying blame doesn't help folks prepare. It just distracts. There's a lot wrong with ancianita Sep 2023 #9
I actually didn't blame anyone Farmer-Rick Sep 2023 #12
I have to disagree... Think. Again. Sep 2023 #13
Sure it's important. But not to those undergoing the actual loss, harm and damage caused by ancianita Sep 2023 #16
Absolutely... Think. Again. Sep 2023 #18
The problem, again, is that ancianita Sep 2023 #19
How about "we"... Think. Again. Sep 2023 #20
How about the "we" who I've already given examples of. ancianita Sep 2023 #22
What global warming? Grins Sep 2023 #17
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