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Different strains of vibrio reported in Mobile County

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Six cases of the virus vibrio

There are now six reported cases of the virus vibrio in Mobile County. That's an increase over recent years. 

The first case was in March due to eating raw oysters. 
The second case was in April, also due to raw oysters. 
In June there were two cases of wound exposure to vibrio in the waters of Dauphin island. 
The fifth case remains a mystery. Investigators aren't sure how it was contracted. 
And the latest case was a Mobile county resident with a wound exposure, but they didn't contract it locally.

Dr. Edward Panacek at USA Medical

"You can't tell that the shellfish is infected by just looking at it or smelling it."

Dr. Edward Panacek at USA Medical Center tells us the most common way of getting vibrio is ingesting it.

"You are usually going to have three maybe five days of nausea, diarrhea, vomiting. You're not going to feel very well but it will pass. You'll get over it, you're completely recover," Dr. Panacek said. 

Wound exposure to the virus is more rare, but more serious.

"Septic shock, Intensive care unit, total body can shut down... 25% of the time people die," Dr. Panacek explained

Different strains reported

Here's the breakdown of the different strains of vibrio that have been reported. 

There have been two cases of vibrio parahaemolyticas, which is common and generally foodborne.
There have also been two cases of the nasty vibrio vulnificus. This one is generally through wound exposure.
There has also been a case of the rarer vibrio fluvials, it's also generally foodborne.
The mysterious fifth case was vibrio cholerae. Yes, the virus that generally strikes the water supplies of third-world countries.

Vulnificus is dangerous

Out of these, the one that is most dangerous is vibrio vulnificus. That's why Dr. Panacek said if you have a wound that has been exposed to water and it won't heal and you start to feel sick, you need to see a doctor. 

The Mobile County Health Department has reported that so far all the cases of vibrio have been mild and no one has developed a flesh-eating infection.

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