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Woman From Texas Dies After Contracting Flesh-Eating Bacteria From Raw Oysters

Although millions of people across the globe do so daily, eating raw seafood does carry some risks.

Jeanette LeBlanc had eaten raw oysters dozens of times in the past with no problems. But back in September of 2017, LeBlanc went crabbing with friends on the Louisiana coast and ate around a dozen raw oysters she bought in a market in Westwego.

Unfortunately, soon afterward, LeBlanc’s health began to decline rapidly.

Vicki Bergquist was the partner and wife of Jeanette LeBlanc, and the couple was taking a trip together to visit family in Louisiana.

According to a friend of the couple named Karen Bowers, both she and Jeanette shucked and ate about two dozen raw oysters they had purchased in Westwego.

“About 36 hours later she started having extreme respiratory distress, had a rash on her legs and everything,” Bergquist commented in an interview with local media sources, shaking her head sadly.

“An allergic reaction of sorts, that’s what I would call it. That’s what we thought,” Bowers chipped in.

However, Jeanette’s condition deteriorated badly in just 48 hours. When the doctors finished the lab work, they told a disbelieving Jeanette she had contracted vibrio.

“It’s a flesh-eating bacteria. She had severe wounds on her legs from that bacteria,” Bergquist explained.

According to the warning from the web page of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people can become infected with vibrio by eating raw or undercooked shellfish such as oysters or if an open wound is exposed to brackish water containing the bacteria.

It turns out that Jeanette had both eaten infected oysters and gone swimming in brackish water.
A brave woman and stubborn woman, LeBlanc fought for her life for three weeks but did not manage to recover from the deadly vibriosis infection.

“I can’t even imagine going through that for 21 days, much less a day. Most people don’t last,” Bowers commented in her interview.

“She was bigger than life,” Bergquist said of her partner. “She was a great person, laughed a lot, loved her family, loved her dad.”

Bergquist and Bowers commented to the media that they are now working to try and raise awareness about the dangers of flesh-eating bacteria such as Vibrio. They say they wish they had known the risks and want others to be aware of the possibly fatal consequences of vibrio.

Note that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that eating raw oysters “can increase the chance you will get sick with vibriosis.”

Also, keep in mind that most vibrio infections occur between May and October. Common symptoms of vibrio include diarrhea, nausea, fever, and chills, and severe infections may lead to dehydration and death.

“It they really knew what could happen to them and they could literally die within 48, 36 hours of eating raw oysters, is it really worth it?” Bowers asked rhetorically when she spoke to the press.

Echoing the thoughts of her friend, Bergquist remarked quietly: “If we had known that the risk was so high, I think she would’ve stopped eating oysters.”

Source: My Ark La Miss
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