3 Tampa Bay residents killed by saltwater bacteria so far in 2015

Vibrio vulnificus is a naturally occurring saltwater bacteria. File photo
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WFLA) – As of July 10, 2015, there have been 14 cases of Vibrio vulnificus in Florida and seven deaths resulting from the salt water bacterium.

So far this year, three Tampa Bay area residents have died from Vibrio vulnificus infections. Of the deceased, two were Hillsborough County residents and one was a Sarasota County resident.

Here’s a breakdown of the Vibrio vulnificus cases involving residents in each county, according to state records-

  • Brevard County- 1 case, 1 death
  • Broward County- 2 cases
  • Citrus County- 1 case
  • Duval County- 2 cases, 1 death
  • Hillsborough County- 2 cases, 2 deaths
  • Lake County- 1 case, 1 death
  • Marion County- 1 case, 1 death
  • Pasco County- 1 case
  • Santa Rosa County- 1 case
  • Sarasota County- 1 case, 1 death
  • St. Lucie County- 1 case

The Florida Department of Health tracks Vibrio vulnificus cases each year. Here’s a historical look at the number of cases and deaths in Florida since 2008-

  • 2008- 16 cases, 6 deaths
  • 2009- 24 cases, 7 deaths
  • 2010- 32 cases, 10 deaths
  • 2011- 35 cases, 13 deaths
  • 2012- 26 cases, 9 deaths
  • 2013- 41 cases, 12 deaths
  • 2014- 32 cases, 7 deaths

 

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