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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