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Florida man contracts flesh-eating bacteria without even touching water

Florida man contracts flesh-eating bacteria without even touching water”

A Florida man says he was infected with a flesh-eating bacteria from a day at the lake - even though he never stepped into the water.

In this undated photo made available by Wade J. Fleming, Lynn Fleming is seen with her grandchildren Jonathan and Jensen Fleming. In an update, she wrote, "Went to pediatrician this morning and she is really happy with the healing!" Lynn Fleming didn't complain about the cut at all, Traci Fleming said.

By Sunday, her leg was red and swollen, and friends encouraged her to seek treatment at an urgent care facility, where she was given a tetanus shot and antibiotic.

Barry Briggs, from Waynesville, Ohio, was later diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, just like Fleming. She was transported to Blake Medical Center, where she was put on life support. "Well, that would have been the worst stuff that I could do", King stated.

The grandmother visited the beach June 14 and died 13 days later. If we had known to look for signs we could've stopped it. "I DID NOT have any open wounds, NOR did I swim in any water that day". The bacteria could be harmful if the injury goes untreated. The CDC recommends avoiding swimming pools, hot tubs and natural bodies of water if you have an open wound.

Vibrio bacteria are found in coastal waters and multiply during the warm months, typically between May and October.

Visitors and residents should take care when swimming in brackish waters or eating raw seafood as there have been two reported cases of people contracting necrotizing fasciitis. "It's one of the fastest-growing infections". This infection is somewhat rare and can come from different strains of bacteria, according to doctors.

"If you catch it early, it's treatable with antibiotics", Gulig said.

"I'm still numb. You know, it's two weeks and I lost my mother", Fleming's son, Wade, told the news outlet on July 1.

"Usually the warnings are, don't go in the water with an open cut or wound, but Lynn was walking along water, near one of these sea walls, when she cut while in the water", said Nicole Grigg of Manatee County.

Older people with medical conditions like diabetes, cancer or immune deficiencies are more susceptible. Experts say the best way to protect yourself is to make sure any cuts and scrapes are covered with waterproof bandages before entering the water, avoid brackish water, and make sure that you go to the hospital as soon as any symptoms appear. "Unfortunately, we didn't know about necrotizing fasciitis and didn't get her real help until five days later".

"If I had gone to sleep ... and had woke up with it at the rate it was spreading, I might not have an arm right now", he told CBS News.

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