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TX woman dies of flesh-eating bacteria from oysters; friends, family speak out

09 January 2018, 04:11 | Melissa Porter

Jeanette LeBlanc 55, died on October 15- 21 days after contracting a flesh-eating bacteria on a trip to Louisiana

Jeanette LeBlanc 55, died on October 15- 21 days after contracting a flesh-eating bacteria on a trip to Louisiana

Flesh-eating bacteria from oysters led to the death of one Texas woman in October and two of her friends are now trying to raise awareness about the danger, KLFY-TV reported.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vibrio bacteria live in coastal water, the same place as oysters.

This is a very rare condition, but it can be deadly.

LeBlanc died on October 15 after 21 days.

After she and her friends ate about two dozen of the oysters, she became violently ill, according to the report.

"About 36 hours later she started having extreme respiratory distress, had a rash on her legs and everything", Bergquist told KLFY, a local CBS affiliate.

Doctors diagnosed her with vibrio, a type of flesh-eating bacteria, the station said.

According to CDC data, there are an estimated 80,000 cases of illness caused by vibrio infection every year.

It is an extremely uncommon cause of necrotizing fasciitis and more likely to affect people with compromised immune systems.

There are approximately 80,000 vibriosis infections in the USA every year, according to the CDC. The agency estimates about 52,000 cases are the result of eating contaminated food.

Most infections happen between May and October and common symptoms include diarrhea, nausea, fever and chills.

One specific form of Vibrio bacteria, Vibrio vulnificus, is more unsafe. But it's very rare: CDC estimates are that there are about 205 cases in the United States every year.

"It's a flesh-eating bacteria".

Already stricken with leukaemia, Jane Cunningham was rushed to hospital where doctors amputated both legs and one of her arms in the hope of stopping the infection. Still, it's unclear how she was infected.

While flesh eating bacteria infection is rare, a study via HealthLink BC asserts the disease kills one in four people who contract it. Before eating the oysters, she had been crabbing on the coast. Vibrio can't be detected and is found even in unpolluted waters, so there is no way of knowing whether your appetizers may have the bacteria.

LeBlanc was exposed to both of those things on the day she got sick.

Undercooked seafood increases the chance of conracting the bacteria.

Avoid contaminating cooked shellfish with raw shellfish and its juices.

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