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Santa Rosa Co. confirms first case of flesh-eating bacteria
SANTA ROSA COUNTY -- A case of flesh-eating bacterial infection has been confirmed in Santa Rosa County.
The Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County says a county resident has been infected by Vibrio Vulnificus.
They haven't said if its the same man we told you about yesterday who died last Friday after fishing in Santa Rosa Sound last week..
The bacterium has been confirmed in 28 people in Florida this year
Nine of those people have died.
Vibrio Vulnificus is commonly found in warm, salty seawater and is most often ingested by people through raw shellfish, particularly oysters.
Escambia County health officials also have one confirmed case.
That man survived.