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Beware summer bacteria Vibrio vulnificus
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Vibrio vulnificus is a dangerous summertime bacteria and has been discovered in a mud flat on the west coast of Gyeonggi province. Suspected cases of infection have been seen in Jeonnam province. The Jeju Special Self-Governing Province has warned islanders to watch out for this disease.

The proliferation period of Vibrio vulnificus is from June to September, and the incubation period is one to two days. The disease is accompanied by sudden fever, chills, low blood pressure, stomachaches, and diarrhea.

After being infected for 36 hours, the symptoms of bleeding, rashes, and blisters appear. In the case of a wound infected with Vibrio vulnificus, mortality can be as high as 25 percent. If the patient is septic, the fatality rate is 40 to 50 percent.

Vibrio vulnificus dies within minutes after being exposed to temperatures that exceed 100 degrees. It is best not to eat raw fish and to make sure to cook fish thoroughly.

Last year among 73 cases, 31 people died nationwide.

By Yun Cheol Su, Headline Jeju
Translated by Kim Jung Lim
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