Florida flesh-eating illness cases spike after Hurricane Ian

Written by on October 19, 2022

The Florida county that was devastated by Hurricane Ian last month has seen a surge in cases of flesh-eating bacteria illnesses and deaths.

Officials say Lee County, where the category four storm made landfall on 28 September, has recorded 29 illnesses and four deaths owing to the bacteria.

BBC reports that all but two cases were diagnosed after the hurricane.

Vibrio vulnificus infections can be caused after bacteria enters the body through open cuts.

The bacteria lives in warm brackish water, like standing floodwaters.

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