Texas woman dies after contracting flesh-eating bacteria from oysters in Louisiana

Texas woman dies after contracting flesh-eating bacteria from oysters in Louisiana

The partner of a woman who died after consuming raw oysters and contracting flesh-eating bacteria is desperately trying to make sure no one else suffers the same fate.

People are most at risk when they eat raw or under-cooked seafood or have exposed a wound to seawater.

This is a very rare condition, but it can be deadly.

LeBlanc was unable to overcome the infection, and died on October 15, 2017.

According to her friend, Karen Bowers, LeBlanc became ill after the two of them went crabbing and then bought a sack of raw oysters from a market near Lafayette, Louisiana, which they both consumed, according to KLFY. Both LeBlanc and her friend, Karen Bowers, consumed almost two dozen oysters, but only LeBlanc began experiencing respiratory problems about a day and a half after the meal.

"About 36 hours later, she started having extreme respiratory distress", LeBlanc's wife, Vicki Bergquist, told the NBC affiliate.

"It's flesh-eating bacteria. She had severe wounds on her legs from that bacteria", Ms Bergquist added.

The CDC stated that about a dozen of the vibrio species can cause human illness, known as vibriosis.

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Around 80,000 illnesses and 100 deaths occur in America every year. Estimates suggest 52,000 of those cases are likely the result of eating contaminated food, especially raw seafood.

Outbreaks happen in the warmer months, from May to October.

Most infections happen between May and October and common symptoms include diarrhea, nausea, fever and chills. But it's very rare: CDC estimates are that there are about 205 cases in the USA every year.

"It's a flesh-eating bacteria", Bergquist explained.

Doctors diagnosed LeBlanc with vibriosis. Still, it's unclear how she was infected.

Doctors recommend eating oysters fried and not raw. Before eating the oysters, she had been crabbing on the coast. You can't know. An oyster that contains the vibrio bacteria doesn't look, taste or smell any different from an oyster that doesn't have the bacteria, according to the CDC. "Most people don't last", Bowers said.

A STRAIN of bacteria called Vibrio is found in oysters and other seafood.

However, cases like LeBlanc's are exceedingly rare.

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