MEMPHIS, Tennessee (WMC / Gray News) – A family in Memphis is mourning after their beloved husband and father was killed by a flesh-eating bacteria he contracted in the Gulf Coast.
For the second time in a month, visitors returned home after a trip to Destin, Florida, where confirmed cases of flesh-eating bacteria were confirmed by local doctors.
In a message written Wednesday by this man's daughter, she described a weekend of family fun, where the best of the Emerald Coast, from jet-skiing to swimming in the beautiful water of Destin.
But it quickly became deadly for the Memphis man who was fighting cancer.
His daughter wrote, "The flesh-eating bacterium looks like an urban legend. Let me assure you that this is not the case. It took my father's life. "
She says that 12 hours after staying in the water, her father woke up with fever and chills. Barely 48 hours later, his family learned that vibrio vulnificus had cost him his life.
"My father had no open wounds.He had some places where the practical appearance cured small scratches on the arms and legs that I assured myself to be perfectly sealed."
The post indicated Monday that he had been admitted to the hospital. A black spot appeared on his back, sign of deadly infection.
Experts say the bacteria live naturally in some coastal waters.
"There should be no panic. These are sporadic cases that happen all the time and some of which are really bad. Patients are losing limbs and a lot of tissue, which is attracting the attention of the media, "said Dr. Muhammad Khurshid, an infectious disease specialist at St. Francis Hospital.
According to Khurshid, although such infections are rare, they could be detrimental to people who are already sick.
"Especially if you are immunocompromised and have an open wound, I would probably avoid situations where you are exposed to this water," Khurshid said.
His family said there was no warning on the beaches of the bacteria that was hiding in the blue waters of Destin.
In a statement, the Florida Department of Health told us that they are currently investigating these cases. They advise not to get into the water if you have fresh cuts or abrasions.
Learn more about the disease from the Florida Department of Health.
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