Baltic sea vacationer dies from bacterial infection

Baltic Sea vacationer dies from bacterial infection

Earlier, the "ostsee-zeitung" had reported on the case. In total, six cases of the disease have been reported in mecklenburg-vorpommern. The last time there were two deaths from vibrations was in 2010.

According to the report of the "ostsee-zeitung", a 73-year-old man from baden-wurttemberg was also in a coma for three weeks and could lose a leg. The relatives of the affected person demanded better information about the danger posed by the bacteria in the OZ.

Vibrio vulnificus bacteria proliferate at sustained water temperatures above 20 degrees celsius. They can enter the body through skin lesions and cause severe wound infections and sepsis (blood poisoning) in people with chronic illnesses and the elderly.

The bacteria occur in large parts of the baltic sea and other regions of the world. However, illnesses caused by these bacteria are still very rare in germany. According to experts, however, the pathogen was able to spread on the baltic coast due to the low salt content and climate change. The pathogens were also detected in marine animals such as shrimp.

Neutzling emphasized that her office had already alerted doctors at the beginning of the summer to possible wound infections caused by vibrios.