Study: Flesh-eating bacteria incidents could rise following 5 cases, 1 fatal, in 2 years
Five people in New Jersey, including a patient who died, have been treated over the past two years for flesh-eating bacteria that could soon become more common, a new study says.
According to the study, the flesh-eating bacteria, known as vibrio vulnificus, could become much more common as ocean temperatures continue to rise.
Only one case was reported at Cooper University Hospital in Camden in the eight years prior to 2017.
Of the five patients, all who had significant medical aliments, one died, and three got the illness while crabbing in the Delaware Bay.
One began suffering from severe pain and swelling in his right leg, ultimately having his limbs amputated.
Vibrio vulnificus has historically been found in the warmer waters of the southeastern U.S.