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    Sunday, July 22, 2007

    It's Back!: The flesh eating bacteria:

    A Texas man is in critical condition and facing the loss of his leg after a swim at the beach. But his attacker wasn't a shark -- it was flesh-eating bacteria.

    Nice opening. He had a diabetic ulcer on his leg that became infected and landed him in the hospital. Not prudent for a diabetic to be swimming with an open ulcer. The story never identifies the bacteria, but a Texas paper says it's Vibrio vulnificus, a bacteria whose natural habitat is warm salt water. It wasn't there because the water was polluted.

    Word to the wise: Don't eat raw oysters, and don't go swimming with an open wound.
     

    posted by Sydney on 7/22/2007 07:07:00 PM 6 comments

    6 Comments:

    Ick, creepy

    By Blogger Alijor, at 10:55 AM  

    Ok, I regret asking this but does this include females during menstruation?

    By Anonymous Dara, at 5:13 PM  

    Dara,

    Good question. I don't believe so, but I suppose there's always a risk that a tampon could trap some bacteria.

    On the other hand, the vagina and cervix are better equipped to fight bacteria than an open ulcer on skin.

    By Blogger sydney, at 5:45 PM  

    But, raw oysters are so tasty.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:35 PM  

    Thanks Sydney. Always wondered that one. :-)

    By Anonymous Dara, at 12:34 PM  

    I saw some Vibrio on the Southern Louisiana Gulf Coast. One time it started with a small cut from peeling shrimp. The patient died. Vibrio is no joke.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:11 PM  

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