​The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) is warning residents in shoreline areas about the potential dangers of exposure to salt or brackish water along Long Island Sound, due to an unusually high number of infections caused by bacteria in the w
​The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) is warning residents in shoreline areas concerning the ability dangers of publicity to salt or brackish water along Long Island Sound, due to an surprisingly high assortment of infections brought on by micro organism within the w (Patch Graphic )

SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT — The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) is warning residents in shoreline areas concerning the ability dangers of publicity to salt or brackish water along Long Island Sound, due to an surprisingly high assortment of infections brought on by micro organism within the water.

Since July, 5 cases of Vibrio vulnificus infections have been reported to DPH (one infection in July, four in August). The sufferers are from Fairfield (1), Middlesex (1), and New Haven (3) counties and are between 49 – 85 years of age (median 73); 4 are male, 1 female. Two sufferers had septicemia (infection of the bloodstream) and three had serious bother infections.

All 5 cases sufferers had been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. All 5 cases reported publicity to salt or brackish water at some stage in actions akin to swimming, crabbing, and boating. All 5 sufferers had pre-gift wounds or sustained novel wounds at some stage in these actions which resulted in the Vibrio infections.

“The identification of these 5 cases over two months is extraordinarily pertaining to,” mentioned Dr. Matthew Cartter, Narrate Epidemiologist for DPH. “This implies the Vibrio micro organism will be level to in salt or brackish water in or near Long Island Sound, and of us can also restful win precautions.”

Vibrio vulnificus infection is an awfully rare illness. In the previous 10 years, between 2010 – 2019, simplest seven cases had been reported in Connecticut. V. vulnificus may perchance perchance cause bother infections when start wounds are exposed to warmth salt or brackish water (mixture of salt and novel water). The micro organism, as soon as internal the body, can infect the bloodstream inflicting septicemia.

Folk with a V. vulnificus infection can receive seriously sick and prefer intensive care or limb amputation. About 1 in 5 of us with this form of Vibrio infection die, most ceaselessly within a day or two of turning into sick. Folk at greatest probability for illness from V. vulnificus are these with weakened immune techniques and the elderly.

You may perchance perchance perchance lower your likelihood of getting a Vibrio bother infection by following these guidelines:

  • When you happen to can also have a bother (including from a fresh surgical operation, piercing, or tattoo), preserve out of saltwater or brackish water, if that that you simply may perchance perchance perchance be also factor in. This entails wading at the seaside.
  • Veil your bother with a water-resistant bandage if it must also come into contact with saltwater, brackish water, or raw or undercooked seafood and its juices. This contact can happen at some stage in day after day actions, akin to swimming, fishing, or strolling on the seaside.
  • Wash wounds and cuts completely with soap and water after they’ve contact with saltwater, brackish water, raw seafood, or its juices.

For further information on V. vulnificus infections, test with https://www.cdc.gov/vibrio/wou…

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