HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The family of a Hancock County fisherman who nearly died after a day on the water now confirms the bacteria he came in contact with was vibrio vulnificus.
One week ago, 62-year-old Al Garcia was shrimping between the Long Beach and Gulfport harbors, when he scraped his legs on barnacles underwater.
Garcia's sister Wanda Bergeron says doctors have confirmed Al is battling the bacteria. Garcia is now fighting to save his legs, and his family says he is responding well to the antibiotic.
Dr. Robert Travnicek, former director of the Gulf Coast Health Departments, said the Vibrio bacteria has been in the gulf waters for decades, and it is not exclusive to South Mississippi waters.