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Deadly bacteria sweeping across Florida
There's a deadly flesh-eating bacteria sweeping across Florida.
Health officials are warning beachgoers and seafood lovers alike, saying anyone who comes into contact with the vibrio vulnificus bacteria runs the risk of getting sick.
Nine people have died from the bacteria in Florida so far this year.
Debbie Stack says it took just 28 hours for bacteria to kill her brother-in-law.
"They did everything. They tried multiple antibiotics, but nothing was touching it... nothing even phased it."
59-year-old Butch Konietzky was exposed to the bacteria while walking knee deep in the Halifax River -- setting crab traps.
The bacteria quickly spread through his body and shut down his kidneys and liver.
Similar cases have been reported in Volusia and Flagler Counties
The vibrio vulnificus occurs naturally in seawater.
But health officials say it can get into your bloodstream through an open wound or if you eat raw shellfish.
And once that happens -- medical officials say about half of the cases will be fatal.
To protect yourself -- officials say cook your shellfish properly and avoid the water if you have any open wounds.