Flesh-eating bacteria kills Texan woman who ate raw oysters

Woman dies from flesh-eating bug after eating raw oysters

Unfortunately, she died on October, 152017.

The woman, identified as Jeanette LeBlanc, together with her friend Karen Bowers, ate about two dozen fresh oysters contaminated with flesh-eating bacteria near the coast of Louisiana on September 2017.

Dousing oysters with hot sauce or lemon or consuming them with alcohol also will not protect from the vibriosis virus.

Bowers and LeBlanc's wife, Vickie Bergquist, are working to keep others from suffering a similar fate.

The latter looked okay the whole day until about 36 hours later, she began having extreme respiratory distress. "She had severe wounds on her legs from that bacteria", Bergquist added.

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In the next 48 hours, LeBlanc's condition worsened.

LeBlanc died 21 days later, on October 15, according to the report. Bowers added, "An allergic reaction of sorts, that's what I would call it".

A Texas woman died 21 days after being infected by a bacteria that can cause necrotizing fasciitis, or flesh-eating disease.

Doctors had diagnosed her with Vibriosis, which can be contracted from eating raw shellfish and exposing open wounds to river water.

Bergquist now plans to raise awareness about vibrio.

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"If we had known that the risk was so high, I think she would've stopped eating oysters", LeBlanc's partner said.

Vibrio researcher Gabrielle Barbarite told Health that vibrio is not precisely a flesh-eating bacteria as it does not degrade skin on contact.

CDC provided some tips to reduce the risk of vibriosis. Now, her loved ones want to let people know about the dangers of eating raw oysters. People can get vibrosis from either eating raw or undercooked seafood or by seawater touching a wound.

Another recommendation is to always wash hands with soap and water after handling raw shellfish and avoid contaminating cooked shellfish with raw shellfish and its juices.

According to Queensland Health, vibrio vulnificus occurs naturally in marine and estuarine waters, and is harmless to the majority of most people. Most people who contract Vibrio from raw oysters experience only diarrhea and vomiting, and those with these milder cases typically recover in about 3 days, according to the CDC.

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