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More information on flesh eating bacteria in Florida waters
FLORIDA - Now we turn to that deadly bacteria that's been found in Florida waters.
It has already killed nine people this year -- and people with open wounds are being warned to stay out of the water.
Called, Vibrio Vulnificus, the bacteria struck silently but swiftly Monday
Something that has public health officials here on high alert.
Wife:I never heard there was even a bacteria in the water
Henry Koneitszky had gone crabbing with his wife, along central Florida's Intercoastal Waterway where he was apparently infected.
When they got home Koneitsky thought he found just a spider bite
Wife: About 2 o'clock in the morning he woke up and his legs were aching .
He felt like there was some sort of burn on his ankle.. . by 6 o'clock, a man who'd been perfectly healthy, had developed lesions all over his body
Wife He has never been diagnosed with anything ever
Doctors told Henry's wife Patty - the bacteria was eating Henry alive.
Shutting down his organs. He was dead only 28 hours after going to the hospital
Wife: This bacteria creeped through his body like acid , it just the most horrific thing I had seen in my life.
Besser: It is extremely rare that someone w out any medical problems , the picture of health , to get this infection and die
The bacteria plagues the gulf coast every year, from Texas all the way to Florida, where officials now believe it has killed 9 people so far this year
and infected at least 27 others.
I cant imagine going day by day without him
But those with kidney or liver diseases are 80 times more likely to become infected and half of those infections result in death So the CDC
recommends wearing boots in the water in brackish water like this and most importantly avoiding raw shellfish during the warm water months of the year