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SRHS treating first Vibrio patient of 2017

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

A spokesperson for Singing River Health System confirms they’re treating their first positive case of Vibrio vulnificus this year.

It is unclear if the patient contracted the infection in Mississippi waters. The Mississippi State Department of Health said Tuesday seven cases of Vibrio have been reported in 2017, and one is currently under investigation.

According to the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, Vibrio cases are reported year-round, but increase in the summer months when water temperatures are warmer. The bacteria is mostly found in coastal or brackish waters.

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The DMR says Vibrio can be contracted by exposing open wounds to sea water or eating raw and undercooked shellfish. People with liver disease, diabetes, kidney disease, and immune disorders are most susceptible to the infection.

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