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Vibrio Vulnificus Bacteria cases continue to rise

LOCAL AREA   --  Escambia County - The number of cases and deaths with the flesh eating bacteria Vibrio Vulnificus keep rising.
     
There are now 32 confirmed cases in Florida and 10 deaths.
There is one reported case in Escambia County and one death in Santa Rosa and one death in Okaloosa Counties.

There are also two reported cases in Mobile County.
   
With several confirmed cases of the flesh eating bacteria popping up all over the Gulf Coast many people with spoke say they're still not concerned about getting into the water.
   
Richard Roberts grand kids are visiting from Germany, so he took them to Black Water River in Santa Rosa County to swim.
   
He said he wasn't going to keep them from the water because there is one confirmed death in Santa Rosa from the flesh eating bacteria Vibrio Vulnificus .
 
"It's a concern, but not to much for me," said Roberts.
The bacteria is found in warm, brackish, and salt water. You can contract the bacteria if you enter the water with an open wound.
     
"Me personally I wouldn't swim in the water," said Rusty Finely.
Rusty Finely spends almost every day at Pensacola Beach selling hand made bracelets.
   
He says he plans to stay on the sand for now.
But, local artist Laura Ejiemeuwa says the fear of contracting the flesh eating bacteria won't stop her from capturing the perfect picture.
   
Even though she thinks the numbers  are frightening.
"I'm really surprise and really shocked and I was just in there, so it's scary." I probably would, but not all the way just up to my knees," said Laura Ejikemeuwa.
    
 "Its probably always been there its like red tide and things like that," said Katie Jewell.   
   
Katie Jewell agrees it's not going to ruin her day at the beach.
 "Unless they put out some extreme warning," said Jewell.
   
You can also get the bacteria from raw oysters. In 2011 three people contracted the bacteria in Escambia County.
   
Two got it from oysters one of those people died.
There were no confirmed deaths in Escambia county in 2012. 
    
"That would make since because it sits in the sand," said Ejikemeuwa.

If you believe you've been exposed to the bacteria you should contact your physician.

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