Light sound infection: Rare bacteria in the water body can cause serious illness, Connecticut health officials say

Long Island Sound – Connecticut health officials are warning of increased infections from exposure to bacteria in Long Island Sound.According to the state’s Department of Public Health, four in August and one in July were diagnosed with relatively rare Vibrio vulnicus infections.

Those infections lead to serious illness that can result in hospitalization or amputation, the department said.The state’s epidemiologist for the Department of Health, Dr. Matthew Cartter said, “The identification of these five cases in two months is very concerning.” “This suggests that Vibrio bacteria may be present in salt or saltwater or near Long Island Sound, and people should be cautious.”

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There were only seven such infections in Connecticut between 2010 and 2019.

The case has been reported that this summer came from Fairfield, Middlesex and New Haven counties in adults between the ages of 49 and 85.

All cases involved people who had pre-existing wounds or sustained a wound and were then exposed to salt or saltwater while boating, swimming, or crab.

The department urged anyone with a sound lead to cover any wounds, recent piercings or new tattoos with waterproof straps and wash them thoroughly with soap.

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