TCPalm: Harbor Branch researchers find potentially fatal bacteria in Indian River Lagoon

 

Vibrio vulnificus is a bacterium that lives in brackish saltwater and seawater. In people who are immunocompromised, particularly those with chronic liver disease, V. vulnificus can cause disease with potentially fatal complications by eating contaminated seafood or exposing an open wound to contaminated seawater. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

A bacteria that causes about 80,000 illnesses and 100 deaths nationwide each year has been found in the Indian River Lagoonby scientists at Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute.

There are plans to study the bacteria at six Treasure Coast sites along the lagoon: the St. Sebastian River Preserve near Sebastian, Riverside Park in Vero Beach, the Harbor Branch campus north of Fort Pierce, Harbour Pointe Park in Fort Pierce, the Fort Pierce Inlet and Sandsprit Park near Stuart.

For the complete story: http://www.tcpalm.com/franchise/indian-river-lagoon/harbor-branch-researchers-find-potentially-fatal-bacteria-in-indian-river-lagoon-suggest_35724899

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