Through June 18, Florida state health officials have reported ten Vibrio vulnificus infections, including four deaths, according to the latest data update.
Cases were reported in Escambia (2), Lee (2), Santa Rosa (2), Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee and Polk counties and death were recorded in Escambia, Lee, Manatee and Polk counties.
Last year, the Florida Department of Health recorded 36 Vibrio vulnificus cases and seven deaths.
Vibrio vulnificus can cause disease in those who eat contaminated seafood or have an open wound that is exposed to warm seawater containing the bacteria. Ingestion of Vibrio vulnificus can cause vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Vibrio vulnificus can also cause an infection of the skin when open wounds are exposed to warm seawater; these infections may lead to skin breakdown and ulcers.