A new kind of bacteria that eats the flesh of human skin has been a concern after a man in Florida had lost his life due to ‘vibrio vulnificus’ in 2015 . With the increase in deaths due ‘vibrio vulnificus’, also called as a flesh-eating bacteria in 2017, this infection has received more focus. The Florida Health Department has issued warning against the bacteria found on the beaches of Florida.
What is Vibrio Vulnificus?
‘Vibrio vulnificus’ is a Gram-negative bacteria which thrives in warm salt water, reports the medical express news. It is found in sea food and can lead to infection of digestive system. Experts report that it primarily invades open wounds and scratches and enters the inner layers of skin. Although it infects healthy individuals, the bacteria seems to severely infect those with a weakened immune system, compromised liver, kidney problems or those on immunosuppressive drugs. Immunosuppressants are drugs or medicines that lower the body’s ability to reject a transplanted organ. This bacterial infection is however not very common. The bacterium possesses a characteristic to eat up the thin sheath covering the muscles, commonly called as fascia.
Written by C. Motwani
Edited by A. Kumar