Florida health officials are warning residents and tourists of a potentially deadly bacteria that has infected Florida beaches. Over the last twelve months, 32 cases have been reported of the Vibrio vulnificus bacteria, including killing two. Florida Health Department warns that swimming in the warm saltwater and handling shellfish can put people at risk, and this risk is increased when people with open wounds swim in the water.
Vibrio Vulnificus is a type of bacteria usually found in coastal areas and estuaries that is closely related to the same bacteria that causes cholera.
People are not only at risk by swimming in infected war, but also by eating seafood that has been contaminated by the bacteria.
Symptoms of the bacteria include vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Anyone thinking they may have come in contact with the bacteria is encouraged to contact their local hospital immediately.