- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi State Department of Health has confirmed one case of vibrio vulnificus in Hancock County.

Media outlets report that this is the first confirmed case of the bacteria in Mississippi this year.

Department of Health spokeswoman Liz Sharlot says the person with the bacterial infection is a Hancock County man who hasn’t been identified. It’s unclear where, when and how the bacteria were contracted.

According to the Department of Marine Resources, vibrio is a strain of naturally occurring bacteria that live in saltwater or brackish water. It could cause infection in people through cuts or scrapes.

Health officials warn those who venture into sea waters to be wary.

Sharlot says vibrio vulnificus isn’t a “flesh-eating bacteria,” even though it’s been labeled as such. The bacteria can still cause blisters and skin ailments on the body.

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