Florida issues warning about flesh-eating bacteria in sea water

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FLORIDA – In Florida, flesh-eating bacteria is on the increase.

Health officials are warning beach goers about the bacteria, vibrio vulnificus, which can be contracted by exposing open wounds to water or by ingesting raw seafood. The dreaded bacteria can cause vomiting, fever, skin ulcers, and even death.

So far this year 11 people in Florida have been infected, and three of those have died.

Seeing as we share shores with Florida, an increase in flesh-eating bacteria is not exactly welcome news.

And officials say people with liver disease or weakened immune systems are most at risk.

If you’re in overall good health, don’t freak out yet, but it does make you want to stick a little closer to the shore.