Transcript for Florida's Warm Weather Blamed For Growth of Flesh-Eating Bacteria
We move on now to a health alert for some swimmers. There is a potentially deadly flesh-eating bacteria infecting people in Florida. Officials reporting one death this week. These germs can breed in warm coastal and inland waters and ABC's Matt Gutman has the latest from bal harbour, Florida. Reporter: Good morning, Amy. Health officials are warning that alert is statewide and say to the millions of people who are going to seek relief in the bathtub warm waters of Florida's bays like this, if you have a cut on your foot, avoid going into these waters. It could be deadly. This morning, Florida health officials on alert. A potentially deadly bacteria lurking in Florida's placid waters. It's also known as a flesh-eating bacteria killing one person and sending another to thesarasota county. The bacteria can be stunning deadly once it enters the blood system killing 50% of those infected. The flesh-eating form of vibrio is contracted most often when it enters through an open wound and officials warn those who are immune compromised or have liver disease, it could be a life-threatening situation. The infection can spread within hours as Jake so painfully learned. I learned it was vibrio. I was so scared. Reporter: The 13-year-old contracted the killer bacteria while fishing for scallops with his family. He's now recovering after a third round of medications. So far this year, the bacteria has infected 11 people in Florida killing two of them. Last year's outbreak infected 41 and killed 11. The bacteria has also struck in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi. But with 1350 miles of coastline, Florida is ground zero. Just be dill cent if you have an open wound, cut, child, adult, should be aware there's a risk associated. Reporter: Now officials tell me as the Mercury rises so will the number of infections this summer they say that the bacteria lives on the bottom here so if you do want to go into water like this and have a cut or wound on your footwear boot, cover up. They say try to avoid eating shellfish, especially oysters. This stuff does look good but this summer just cook it.
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