The Vibrio Vulnificus Bacteria was identified in a Suffolk County resident who had died recently, Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Wednesday. Officials continue investigating the death in Suffolk County to determine whether the bacteria was encountered in New York waters or another location.
Vibrio Vulnificus comes from the same family of bacteria found in cholera. A bacterial infection from this cell can cause skin wounds, blisters, abscesses and ulcers. In more severe cases, septicemia could be developed, though this is more common for those with underlying health conditions, particularly liver disease, cancer, HIV, and other diseases that compromise the immune system.
According to the CDC, this bacteria causes an estimated 80,000 illnesses and 100 deaths in the United States every year.
In addition to the one death in Long Island, two deaths in Connecticut were also known to have been infected with the Vibrio Vulnificus bacteria this year. All were between the ages of 60 and 80.
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