Bengaluru, June 13: On June 12, Florida health officials said that at least eight people have been infected by a very rare flesh-eating bacteria that resides in warm sea water.
It may sound strange, but live videos on youtube and experiences shared by survivors actually reveal how dreadful the disease is. Health officials warn that anybody with a fresh cut or wound should not enter any sea with warm water.
It has also been warned that people with chronic liver disease, kidney disease, or weakened immune system, should wear foot protection to prevent wounds from rocks and shells on the beach. Health experts say, the "bacterium can invade the bloodstream, causing a severe and life-threatening illness with symptoms like fever, chills, decreased blood pressure (septic shock) and blistering skin lesions."
How the bacteria functions?
When the bacteria enters the blood stream, it leads to skin breakdown and ulcers. Contaminated seafood can also lead to the disease. The symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. There are 32 such cases reported in 2014, seven of which were fatal.
Health alert issued against warm sea water and seafood in USA.
Necrotizing Fasciitis, as it is known in medical terms is caused by minor cuts, insect bites and abrasions. The bacteria attacks the superficial fascia, a layer of connective tissue below the skin.
Symptoms of being affected by Flesh-eating bacteria
Some of the common symptoms when affected with the bacteria include:
1. Increasing and constant pain in the general area of a minor cut, abrasion, or other skin opening.
2. Excessive redness and warmth around the wound, though symptoms can begin at other areas of the body too.
4. Diarrhea, nausea, fever, dizziness, weakness, and general malaise.
5. Intense thirst due to dehydration