Flesh-eating bacteria in New Jersey reveal one possible effect of climate change, study says

Vibrio

SUSAN SCUTTI / CNN – Climate change may lead to unlikely illnesses in unexpected places, new research suggests: In the past two years, five cases of Vibrio vulnificus, a flesh-eating bacterial infection spread by handling or eating contaminated seafood, have been tied to Delaware Bay, where water temperatures have been on the rise in recent years, according to a study.

These five patients were treated at one New Jersey hospital and serve as a warning that flesh-eroding bacterial infections are now occurring outside the traditional geographic boundaries, the authors said.

“It is important for physicians — who may have never seen this infection before in their medical practice — to have some awareness,” co-author Dr. Katherine Doktor, an infectious disease specialist at Cooper University Health Care, wrote in an email …

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