N.J. man infected with flesh-eating bacteria while crabbing, could lose limbs

Maricruz Casares
Julio 10, 2018

A 60-year-old father is hospitalized in intensive care after his family says he contracted flesh-eating bacteria while crabbing in a New Jersey river.

Doctors diagnosed him with Vibrio necrotizing fasciitis, caused by bacteria found in warm waters along the coast that can enter the body through the smallest cut. "It was swelling, it was blistered".

VNF is referred to as a flesh-eating bacteria because the infection results in tissue damage and death.

Perez-Dilan told NJ Advance Media that her father's infection has spread to his blood and skin, and that his forearms have turned black. Perez-Dilan said one of her father's friends and another family member developed rashes and swelling.

If he doesn't, they may have to amputate all of his limbs.

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'He is in critical condition, ' Perez-Dilan told the website. He is now in the ICU at Cooper, the infection spread to all four limbs. "You can see it spreading from his feet all the way above his kneecap".

Doctors are waiting to see if Perez responds to antibiotics, his daughter says. Then she says it quickly got worse. They do say that Mr. Perez is in good spirits.

'He's been praising God nonstop.

The family is now warning others to be careful. We think water is safe. "That's why they do use boots - people use boots and covers to protect themselves", Perez-Dilan told WPVI. The bacteria is more unsafe to those with compromised immune systems, like Perez, who has Parkinson's disease. But the New Jersey Health Department says if anyone has open cuts or scrapes, it's best to stay out of the brackish water. Anyone with liver disease or a weakened immune system should also avoid eating raw shellfish because the bacteria can also be spread through food.

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