ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (October 11, 2013)—A total of 31 people across Florida have been infected this year by a potentially deadly, yet common bacteria that live in salt water and 10 of the victims have died, the state’s health department said.
Experts say the vast majority of people aren't at risk of contracting infections from vibrio vulnificus, which lives in warm salt water.
Vibrio is contracted either by eating tainted shellfish or when an open wound comes in contact with bacteria in warm seawater.
Most of the people who die from the disease have compromised immune systems, Dr. James Oliver, a Vibrio expert and a University of North Carolina professor, said.
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