Man contracts flesh-eating bacteria while crabbing in NJ, may lose limbs

Modesto Morganelli
Luglio 10, 2018

Angel Perez, 60, complained of symptoms after returning from crabbing on July 2. Within hours, both arms and legs had swelled in size and blisters had formed all over his body. The Perez family is hoping for the best, but right now living day-by-day.

Vibrio necrotizing fasciitis (VNF) is caused by Vibrio bacteria, which are found in coastal waters and multiply during the warm months, typically between May and October.

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

The National Institutes of Health says that while Vibrio bacteria "is one of the more infrequent causes of necrotizing fasciitis", it has a 26 percent mortality rate because it rapidly spreads and it is hard to diagnose. Photos taken by the family show the discoloration and swelling. "It was swelling, it was blistered". If he doesn't, they may have to amputate at least three of his limbs.

"He is in critical condition", Perez-Dilan told NJ Advance Media. He is now in the ICU at Cooper, the infection spread to all four limbs. "If you see something that's out of the norm, go and get it checked". His forearms are black in color.

"It turned brown, blackish in color", Dilena Perez-Dilan, Perez's daughter, told ABC 7. She said doctors are waiting to see if he responds to antibiotics before considering amputation.

Perez-Dilan said that other family members and friends have experienced skin problems after going into the water at Matts Landing. Dilena Perez-Dilan says her father Angel Perez is an avid crabber. Then she says it quickly got worse.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), eating raw seafood or exposing open wounds to brackish or salt water can increase a person's risk of contracting the bacterial infection. They do say that Mr. Perez is in good spirits.

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