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Second confirmed flesh eating bacteria case in Escambia County
There is now a second confirmed case of a flesh eating bacteria in Escambia County.
That brings the number of cases of vibrio vulnificus in Florida this year to 37.
Santa Rosa County and Okaloosa County have each had one confirmed case.
Vibrio vulnificus is a bacterium that normally lives in warm sea water.
The bug can enter your body through open wounds or by eating contaminated, raw shellfish, like oysters.
For more than 75 years, Joe Patti's has been serving seafood in Pensacola.
Owner, Frank Patti Senior, carefully inspects everything that comes through his shop.
He's confident everything here is fresh
"I'm very particular and I care. that's the main thing Joe Patti's has done all their lives in the seafood business. We care what people eat."
Patti says ever since cases of the vibrio bacteria started popping up, oyster sales have gone down.
For awhile, he wasn't bringing in as much oysters as he usually does.
"People wanna know where they come from and I tell them and they're starting to buy so I'm bringing them in."
His oysters don't come from florida. He gets them from Texas, Mississippi, or Louisiana.
"I'm 82 years old and I'm not scared to eat anything."
The Health Department says you can become infected by getting in the water with an open wound or eating raw shellfish.
Symptoms are vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pain.
It's especially dangerous for people with weakened immune systems.
That doesn't concern Amy Smith. She's not afraid to get in the water, or eat raw shellfish.
"Born and raised here... I have no problems with it at all."
The Health Department says the bacteria is rare. Each year, about 30 people in Florida are diagnosed.