Breeds in The Water and Practically Eats People Alive

Flesh-eating bacteria kills 9 in Fla.

Vibrio Vulnificus photo
Vibrio Vulnificus


A deadly bacteria that breeds in the water and practically eats people alive has already killed nine people in Florida this year.
One of the victims of the bacteria, called Vibrio Vulnificus, was a Volusia County man. His wife spoke publicly about the ordeal Wednesday.
Public health officials said the bacteria strikes swiftly and has them on high alert.
Henry Koneitszky had gone crabbing with his wife, Patty, along central Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway where he was apparently infected.  “I never heard there was even a bacteria in the water,” Patty Koneitszky said.  When they got home Koneitszky thought he found just a spider bite.
His wife said he woke up at 2 a.m. with aching legs and said he felt a burn on his ankle. Koneitszky had developed lesions all over his body by 6 p.m.  “He has never been diagnosed with anything ever,” Patty Koneitszky said.
Doctors told his wife the bacteria was eating Henry Koneitszky alive and shutting down his organs. He was dead only 28 hours after going to the hospital.
“The bacteria crept through his body like acid, it just … the most horrific thing I had seen in my life,” Patty Koneitszky said. Officials said it is extremely rare to see someone without any medical problems acquire the infection and die.
The bacteria plagues the Gulf Coast every year, from Texas all the way to Florida where officials now believe it has killed nine people so far this year and infected at least 27 others.
“I can’t imagine going day-by-day without him,” Patty Koneitszky said.

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