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Deadly Bacteria Found in Coastal Waters

Daytona Beach News-Journal
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

After 26 reported cases and nine deaths in Florida this year from exposure to vibrio vulnificus, health officials advise against eating raw shellfish and exposing open wounds to seawater. The latest case was Henry “Butch” Konietzky, 59, of Palm Coast, who died a week ago after fishing in the Halifax River the Saturday before, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports (paywall alert). The Orlando Sentinel has a Q & A with more information. 

Originally founded in December 2006 as an independent grassroots publication dedicated to coverage of health issues in Florida, Health News Florida was acquired by WUSF Public Media in September 2012.