By Sarah Keane • 24 October 2020 • 18:21
DEADLY flesh-eating bacteria are invading the US thanks to climate change.
Cases of toxic flesh-eating bacteria vibrio have doubled since 2007, according to the CDC. This is largely due to climate change and powerful hurricanes.
According to the CDC, the warming of the Earth is causing sea levels to rise and storms such as hurricanes to intensify, both resulting in the natural spreading of the coastal water and the bacteria living within it. Additionally, vibrio is believed to be more dangerous in warmer temperatures.
Worryingly, people can catch vibrio easily, through swimming or handling seafood, and the infection can lead sometimes to amputation to avoid sepsis. Those that contract sepsis while infected by vibrio only survive half the time, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Vibrio infections can be hard to diagnose and often need to be treated quickly, before the size of sores and wounds increases.
‘You can get sick within just hours of exposure,’ Medical University of South Carolina’s John Gnann told The State.
‘If you’re badly infected and particularly if you don’t seek medical care quickly enough, you can certainly be dead in a day or two.’
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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