Will Flesh Eating Bacteria Impact Beach Tourism?

Will Flesh Eating Bacteria Impact Beach Tourism?

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PENSACOLA BEACH -

Tourism officials in Florida are scrambling to keep the flesh eating bacteria scare from ruining the rest of the summer season.

32 people have been hospitalized from Vibrio Vulnificus in the Sunshine State this year. Ten have died.

The bacteria, which thrives in warm, saltwater, can affect anyone who swims in the Gulf with an open wound or eats contaminated, raw oysters.

It can be particularly dangerous for people with pre-existing medical conditions and compromised immune systems.

Tourism officials are urging beach goers to take the statewide health alert issued by the Florida Health Department seriously, but not to panic.

Local restaurants are still selling a lot of raw oysters.

 

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