Residents at Con. Diseases caused by bacteria in salt, brackish water have been warned Shoreline: DPH – NBC Connecticut

The Department of Public Health on Saturday warned residents on the Connecticut shoreline about a disease caused by bacteria in salt or saltwater.

Health officials said there was an unusually high number of infections caused by bacteria in salt or saltwater (a mixture of salt and fresh water) along Long Island Sound.

According to health officials, there have been five reported cases of Vibrio vulnicus infection at DPH since July.

Experts said one patient is from Fairfield County, one patient is from Middlesex County and the other three are from New Haven County. All five are between 49 and 85 years old. Four of the patients are male and one female.

Officials said two patients had hemorrhagic infection and three had severe infection in the wound. He said that all the five patients have been admitted to the hospital and no one has died.

Investigators said all five patients reported being exposed to salt or saltwater during activities such as swimming, crabbing and boating.

Health officials said there was an unusually high number of infections caused by bacteria in salt or saltwater (a mixture of salt and fresh water) along Long Island Sound.

Health officials said that all five patients had pre-existing wounds or continuous new wounds during these activities that caused infection.

DPH Dr. State Epidemiologist for Matthew Potter said, “Identification of these five cases in two months means a lot. This suggests that Vibrio bacteria may be present in salt or saltwater or near Long Island Sound and caution people. needed.” .

Vibrio vulnicus infection has been described by health experts as extremely rare. Experts said that in the last 10 years, between 2010 and 2019, only seven cases were reported in Connecticut.

Vibrio vulnificus “can cause wound infection when open wounds are exposed to hot salt or saltwater (a mixture of salt and fresh water). Bacteria, once inside the body, can infect the bloodstream causing septicemia. People with V. vulnificus infection. Public health experts said they may be seriously ill and require intensive care or limb amputation.

One out of five people with this type of infection dies and officials said it can sometimes happen within a day or two of becoming ill. He said that the greatest risk for the disease lies with the weakened immune system and the elderly.

We spoke at Light House Point Park with three caecars who said they did not know about the consultant.

New Haven said, “We wouldn’t have gone today. I knew I didn’t have any open wounds, but it’s scary.”

“I knew that before jumping into the water, I loved it,” said New Haven.

“It’s definitely shocking, especially because I’m hearing from you after I get out of the water. It would be nice if maybe they warn people on the beach,” Hamden resident Matt Sherwood said.

Cara Strawn of New Haven was at the beach with her two young children when she was made aware of Vibrio Vulnicus’ influence on the Connecticut shoreline.

Stron said, “My thoughts are that I go home now and go home. I mean I have two young children. They have shrapnel and cuts all the time.”

Some suggestions by DPH officials include:

  • If you have a wound, stay out of saltwater or saltwater, recent surgery, including a piercing or tattoo. Officials said the beach also includes wading.
  • If you can come in contact with saltwater, saltwater or raw or undercooked seafood and its juices, cover your wound with a waterproof bandage. (This can happen during everyday activities like swimming, fishing or walking on the beach, officials said.)
  • Wash the wounds thoroughly with soap and water after coming into contact with salt water, salt water, raw seafood or its juice.

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