A 71-year-old man from Sarasota County, Florida died from a bacterial infection he got after eating a bad oyster.
The local health department said the unidentified man died on July 10 from vibrio, a bacteria usually seen from undercooked oysters, reports WFLA yesterday, July 18. The report also stated that the man had underlying medical issues.
Health officials said that the incident was the first case of death from vibrio in the county this year. According to the department’s website, there were no similar cases in 2017, while three cases were recorded back in 2016.
The department did not disclose the name of the establishment where the man got the oysters from.
The bacteria, officially called vibrio vulnificus, is rare and naturally occurring in warm, brackish seawater, according to the Florida Department of Health. Katrina Hallare/JB