Apparently, this isn't Lee County's year.
- The Florida county, which is located in the area that was hit hardest by Hurricane Ian, is now reporting a dramatic uptick in cases involving a flesh-eating bacteria. So far this year, Lee County has reported 29 cases of vibrio vulnificus, according to the Lee County Department of Health. “Flood waters and standing waters following a hurricane pose many risks, including infectious diseases such as vibrio vulnificus,” reads a statement issued by the county.
- Overall, the state has seen 65 cases and 11 deaths connected to vibrio vulnificus in 2022, per the Department of Health. That compares to 34 cases and 10 deaths in all of 2021.