Vibrio Case Confirmed in Hancock County

The Mississippi Department of Health has confirmed a Hancock County resident has vibrio vulnificus.
The person infected by the waterborne bacteria is a Hancock County man who has not yet been identified. This news comes to us almost a week after Baton Rouge resident Richard Empson contracted a bacterial infection while vacationing in Waveland. Empson’s case has not been confirmed as vibrio.
Recently, News 25 caught up with Jocko Angle, a vibrio survivor who was infected on the Gulf Coast three years ago. “Seventy-two hours after any type of rainfall, they don’t want you to get near the water, especially if you’re in one of the classic groups. What happens is that fresh water gets into the salt water and the brackish water, it agitates the area where that vibrio is living,” said Angle.
In 2015, the Mississippi Department of Health recorded 14 cases of vibrio in the state. The highest total number of vibrio in Mississippi came back in 2005 when there were 23 reported cases.

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