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Rare ‘Flesh-Eating’ Bacterium Spreads North as Oceans Warm

In August, Floridian Debbie King contracted a potentially fatal infection, Vibrio vulnificus, a bacterium found in warm coastal waters, from a small cut on her shin. Despite the rarity of the disease, with around 150-200 cases reported annually in the US, scientists fear that warmer waters due to climate change and a growing elderly population could cause the number of infections to double by 2060. The bacterium is also spreading further north, according to a study.

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