Photo: Courtesy Adam Perez
A Corpus Christi man recovers after contracting vibrios, a carnivorous bacterium, last week, and underwent several life-saving operations. 19659012] Adam Perez, 42, said he dipped his toes in the water near Waters Edge Park in central Corpus Christi and his right foot and legs began to swell soon after.
Perez said he had no open wounds at the time the Vibrio bacteria usually use as an entry into the body, but his high toe was infected with fungus, creating an opening between his skin and toenail.
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Doctors prescribed him antibiotics, but the swelling did not experience after several days, and a giant blister was formed on his feet, Perez said. He rushed to the emergency room, where he was diagnosed with vibrios and told that his life was in danger if he did not undergo surgery.
Four operations later, most of the meat on the right leg was removed as a threat to his life.
"I will never be the same anymore," he said. "I know I won't go normal."
Perez said his difficulties are barely over. Homeless before the diagnosis, Perez said he was likely to return to the streets after he was emptied from the hospital. He stays in the hospital and waits for a plastic surgeon to cover his now exposed bone with skin grafts.
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According to the CDC, about 80,000 people are infected with vibrios, caused by the Vibrio bacteria. The bacteria live in coastal waters and increase concentration when the water is heated between May and October.
People are usually infected by consuming undercooked or raw seafood or exposing an open wound in seawater.
"People with immune deficiency, especially those who have chronic liver disease, are more likely to get vibrios. Eating raw seafood, especially oysters and exposing open wounds to saline or brackish water can increase a person's chance of getting vibrios," CDC.
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