USA – 2 Florida deaths linked to bacterial infection from eating raw oysters – Vibrio vulnificans

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A warning to shellfish lovers: Health officials are investigating the deaths of two people in Florida linked to eating raw oysters.

The deaths are reportedly linked to oysters from Louisiana. The two separate occasions happened a week apart in Escambia and Broward counties, according to the Florida Department of Health.

Eating raw oysters and other undercooked seafood can put people at risk for infections, including vibriosis, which is caused by certain strains of Vibrio bacteria, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

So far this year, there have been 26 Vibrio vulnificus infections reported in Florida. Six of those resulted in deaths, data from the Florida Department of Health shows. Nationally, an estimated 80,000 people have fallen ill and 100 deaths are reported every year from the bacterium that usually lives in warm, brackish seawater, the nation’s top public health agency reports.

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