He Ate a Bad Oyster, Died 2 Days Later

Lynette PayneJul 21, 2018

A 71-year-old Sarasota man has died from a bacterial infection days after eating a raw oyster at a Sarasota County restaurant, according to the Florida Department of Health.

The Florida Department of Health has not released the man's identity or the restaurant where he ate, but CBS Miami reported the man died two days after eating the oysters, after contracting a Vibrio vulnificus infection. The report also stated that the man had underlying medical issues. The county did not have any vibrio cases past year but there were confirmed cases and one death in 2016.

Vibrio vulnificus is a bacterium that normally lives in warm, brackish seawater and is part of a group of vibrios that are called "halophilic" because they require salt, health officials say. Symptoms of the illness usually occur within 24 hours of ingestion and include watery diarrhea, abdominal cramping, vomiting, fever, and chills.

You can get the bacteria by eating undercooked shellfish.

Infections are more likely between May and October when the water is warmer. When hit by a flesh-eating bacteria in human blood, the risk of death reaches 50%. Of the 80,000 illnesses caused by vibriosis each year, about 52,000 of them were a result of eating contaminated food, according to the CDC. If the infection is contracted through the skin, it can lead to skin breakdown and ulcers.

Skin lesions caused by Vibrio vulnificus bacteria after Hurricane Katrina. But an infection can become more serious, leading to lethal in those with a compromised immune system, especially folks suffering from chronic liver disease.

In these instances, many people with the infections have to be admitted into ICU, with between 15 and 30 percent of cases proving to be fatal. The county, according to the department, didn't have any cases or deaths in 2017, and three confirmed cases and one death in 2016.

Related Articles:

« Previous article
Next article »

Popular Pages

Writer removed from summit event says he only had a…
He did this in Helsinki , too, and executed a convoluted walkback of those remarks on Tuesday, saying he misspoke in Finland. She said the threat to the USA electoral system "still exists, which is why we are taking steps to prevent it".

Visa hitch for Man United’s Sanchez
However, the absence of Pogba and United's other World Cup players at their USA training camp is a major concern for Mourinho. It's hard to say that to win the World Cup is not good for a player's career.

India on Iran oil imports post U.S. sanctions Published on
The New York Times reported Sunday Israeli agents had six hours and 29 minutes to break into the facility before the guards arrived in the morning.

MS Dhoni's acrobatics to run-out James Vince sets Twiiter on fire
Mark Wood joins the party as Hardik Pandya is caught by wicketkeeper Jos Buttler for 21 runs. He comes to the match being the leading wicket-taker in the ODI series.

Microsoft "Investing Aggressively" In Improving the Gaming Experience, More Content
Microsoft's gaming revenues were up 38 per cent, and Surface revenue was up 21 per cent, search revenues were up 16 per cent. Windows OEM revenues were up 7 per cent, while commercial products and cloud services revenues were up 23 per cent.

Blue Origin to push New Shepard safety regime with ninth test
The launch will also see the New Shepard rocket perform a high-altitude escape motor test to push the ship to its limit. The team will then attempt to safely land the booster, as it did during a similar test back in 2016.

NBA Players & Fans React To Kawhi Leonard, DeMar DeRozan Trade
There are still a lot of complications here, namely that Leonard reportedly doesn't want to play in Toronto. The Spurs drafted Leonard with the 15th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Paris Renames Metro Stations in Honor of World Cup Victory
Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro commented during an event Monday that the French team "seems like the African team". US-based French basketball player Evan Fournier also fired off on Twitter.

Death toll rises to 17 after duck boat capsizes
Lester's boyfriend, Trent Behr, added: "We actually heard the captain say the boat flipped or the boat was sinking". The boats were originally designed for the military, specifically to transport troops and supplies in World War II.

Amazon's website crashes as soon as Prime Day sale begins, users report
As such, all of the Prime Deal listings on the main page are gone until Amazon can sort out a fix for the crash. Unions in Spain said most of the company's 2,000 permanent staff there were on a three-day strike on Tuesday.