Florida health officials refuse to post signs warning of deadly saltwater bacteria

Shannon Behnken - TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -  A deadly saltwater bacteria has now claimed the lives of 11 people in Florida so far this year. There have been 25 cases, resulting in amputations and other debilitating consequences.

8 On Your Side has tried for months to get answers from state health officials as to why they won't do more to warn the public and post signs so people know if they are at risk. Anyone with an auto-immune disease or even a small cut, such as a shaving nick, should stay out of the water and not eat raw shellfish.    The bacteria, Vibrio vulnificus, is rare, considering the amount of beachgoers in Florida. However, those who contract Vibrio have a 50 percent risk of dying.

READ THIS STORY: Pasco Nurse who recognized Vibrio Shares Warning SignsCLICK HERE for Frequently asked Questions about Vibrio Vulnificus

This week, we caught up with Florida's Surgeon General to ask why there are no signs at area beaches. Dr. John Armstrong won't answer our questions about why his office has not posted a sign, as it does about other types of bacteria.

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