A carnivoric bacteria is becoming more common in North and South Carolina,media BGR reported. The bacteria can be infected by touching water sources and can easily infect people through small wounds or sores. Bacteria can kill within a few days, or cause severe pain, if not fatal.
Reports from two states indicate that the infection rate of a bacterium called Vibrio is steadily increasing and has been for the past decade or more. A person may be infected after swimming or touching water contaminated with the bacteria, but once it enters people’s bodies, it’s really scary.
As one case described in The State illustrates, when dealing with fresh water from streams, rivers, or other sources, there is a small open wound or sore on the skin that is easily infected by Vibrio.
In October 2017, a man named Billy Bailey died after being caught by crabs in Tahwan Creek. Within hours of the incident, the bacteria caused Bailey severe pain and an irresoable chill. He died within days of being hospitalized, and he was hardly the only Vibrio victim who lost his resistance. According to local reports, Vibrio infections have among at least 500 people in North and South Carolina since 2007, and infection rates appear to be increasing. Overall, there are an estimated 80,000 cases of Vibrio infection in the United States each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“In the last 10 or 12 years, it’s become a bigger problem,” Geoff Scott, a scientist at the University of South Carolina, told The State. “This will significantly increase health care and health care costs and endanger the safety of our waters.”
But why are bacteria more aggressive than ever? Climate change caused by human activities is considered to be a major cause. As water temperatures rise around the world, bacteria like Vibrio, which prefer warm waters, are allowed to thrive longer and move further inland in rivers and streams.
At the same time, hurricane-induced flooding can lead to an increase in Vibrio infection. In recent years, cases of this bacterial infection have been blamed on hurricanes, and dozens of infections and deaths have been reported in the wake of the storm.