Texas woman eats raw oysters, dies from flesh-eating bacteria

Texas woman dies from flesh-eating bacteria after eating raw oysters swimming in seawater

She died October 15, 2017. "If they really knew what could happen to them and they could literally die within 48, 36 hours of eating raw oysters, is it really worth it?" Their friend, Karen Bowers, said she and LeBlanc shucked and ate about two dozen of the oysters, the station reported. It is impossible to tell if an oyster is bad just by looking at, the CDC says, and the only way to kill the bacteria is to thoroughly cook them.

LeBlanc reportedly developed "severe wounds" on her legs, and doctors informed her that she had a bacterial infection known as vibriosis. The woman was infected with Vibrio, a flesh-eating bacteria.

Jeanette battled against the deadly bacteria for 21 days, but died on October 15 previous year.

"An allergic reaction of sorts, that's what I would call it".

But while lots of people enjoy raw oysters, few think about the health risks. "The other way people can acquire this infection is through an open wound or a wound that's created while swimming".

"For most people, eating raw oysters carries only a risk of mild illness, but for others, the consequences can be unsafe and even deadly", explained Dr. Duc Vugia, chief of the Infectious Diseases Branch at the California Department of Public Health, on a CDC podcast in 2013. While most Vibrio can cause treatable human illnesses, one rare type of flesh-eating vibrio bacteria can cause a fatal necrotizing fasciitis condition. "You can get it from eating under-cooked shellfish".

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CDC provided some tips to reduce the risk of vibriosis.

Raw oysters at a culinary event in NY.

U.S. Food Safety advises against eating of raw oysters and provided tips on preparing and cooking them.

Always wash your hands with soap and water after handing raw shellfish. For those who have wounds or cuts, washing thoroughly with soap and water if exposed to seawater or raw seafood or its juices is a must.

The Vibrio bacteria naturally live in coastal waters and are particularly abundant between May and October, when the water is warmer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While most cases are mild and patients recover within three days, much more serious forms of the infection can put victims in intensive care or result in limb amputation A quarter of patients with the severe form of the illness die.

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