Texas woman dies after contracting flesh-eating bacteria from oysters in Louisiana


Raw oysters are often a happy hour favorite, but a Texas woman died from what is being reported as a flesh-eating bacteria after enjoying the food while on vacation, according to Louisiana TV stationKLFY.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vibrio bacteria live in coastal water, the same place as oysters.

This is a very rare condition, but it can be deadly.

LeBlanc was unable to overcome the infection, and died on October 15, 2017.

The woman, Jeanette LeBlanc, went crabbing with her friends and family on the coast of Louisiana in September, according to CBS News.

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Their friend, Karen Bowers, described the illness as an allergic reaction, claiming that that's what they believed it was until LeBlanc's health continued to deteriorate.

"About 36 hours later she started having extreme respiratory distress, had a rash on her legs and everything", Vickie Bergquist told KLFY.

"It's flesh-eating bacteria. She had severe wounds on her legs from that bacteria", Ms Bergquist added. The disease can be caused by several types of bacteria.

The CDC estimates that vibriosis causes 80,000 illnesses each year in the U.S., most caused by consuming contaminated food. About 52,000 of the illnesses are estimated to be the result of eating contaminated food.

Typical symptoms of vibriosis include diarrhea, nausea, fever, and chills.

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Those who ingest a certain strain of the bacteria, known as vibrio vulnificus, can get seriously ill and might need intensive care or limb amputation. But it's very rare: CDC estimates are that there are about 205 cases in the USA every year.

Offered Bergquist, 'It's a flesh-eating bacteria.

Doctors diagnosed LeBlanc with vibriosis. Still, it's unclear how she was infected.

Don't eat raw or undercooked oysters or other shellfish.

LeBlanc was exposed to both of those things on the day she got sick. Most people don't last. It's more common in the warmer months between May and October.

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The best way to avoid risk of infection is cooking the crustaceans, as raw or undercooked seafood increases the possibility of contracting the bacteria. Severe cases-like LeBlanc's-can be fatal.