Woman dies after contracting flesh-eating bacteria from oysters

Fresh oysters on wooden tray food background

Fresh oysters on wooden tray food background

While media reports are calling this a flesh-eating bacteria, it's important to note that this is not one of the bacterial groups listed by the CDC as causing necrotizing fasciitis, the skin infection that destroys the body's soft tissue.

Most patients who get ill from Vibrio bacteria after eating raw oysters experience vomiting and diarrhea.

This is a very rare condition, but it can be deadly.

Jeanette wasn't able to recover and died on October 15 2017.

Jeanette LeBlanc of Texas reportedly purchased a sack of raw oysters in Westwego, Louisiana during a family vacation in September.

Dousing oysters with hot sauce or lemon or consuming them with alcohol also will not protect from the vibriosis virus.

Around 36 hours later, the woman was diagnosed with severe respiratory distress and doctors found a unusual rash on her limbs.

LeBlanc reportedly developed "severe wounds" on her legs, and doctors informed her that she had a bacterial infection known as vibriosis.

Within 48 hours, LeBlanc's condition went from bad to worse.

Severe illness is rare, but does cause about 100 deaths in the United States each year.

But for a Texas woman, an infection turned deadly previous year. "You can get it from eating under-cooked shellfish".

The common Vibrio bacteria occur naturally in warm coastal waters, such as the Gulf of Mexico.

Some may believe that hot sauce or lemon juice kill any harmful bacteria, but the Food and Drug Administration explains that cooking your food is the only way to destroy vibrio. The disease can be caused by several types of bacteria.

Bergquist now plans to raise awareness about vibrio. Still, it's unclear how she was infected.

People are most at risk when they eat raw or undercooked seafood or have exposed a wound to seawater.

"If they really knew what could happen to them and they could die, literally die within 48 to 36 hours of just eating raw oysters, is it really worth it?" said Bowers.

According to the CDC, the victim's family was at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Although vibrio has been dubbed a "flesh-eating" bacteria, the term isn't quite right, vibrio researcher Gabby Barbarite, PhD, told Health.com in 2015. Others result in amputations or death.

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