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‘It’s expanding’: Deadly flesh-eating bacteria thrive on East Coast as climate warms, research shows

‘It’s expanding’: Deadly flesh-eating bacteria thrive on East Coast as climate warms, research shows

By Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY

flesh-eating bacteria that kills roughly 20% of its victims and lives in coastal waters is expanding far beyond its original Gulf Coast home, working its way up the East Coast at about 30 miles per year.

While still rare, infections from Vibrio vulnificus have increased eight-fold between 1988 and 2018, as climate change has warmed the brackish coastal waters where the bacteria live, a paper published Thursday found

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Picture: CDC/James Gathany (PHIL #7815) – Obtained from the CDC Public Health Image Library

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