Status: 22.09.2023, 04:55 a.m.
By: Moritz Bletzinger
The danger is still there: A Baltic Sea vacationer dies of a vibrio infection. The bacteria remain in the water for an unusually long time.
Rostock – He bathed in the Baltic Sea, now he is dead. The Rostock State Office for Health and Social Affairs (LAGuS) reported the first vibrio death of this bathing season on Tuesday. He is a 74-year-old holidaymaker. He contracted the infection with the killer germ at the Baltic Sea resort.
Killer germ in the Baltic Sea: Vibrios claim the first death of the bathing season
This bathing season, it is the first death in connection with the bacterium, writes the office. Already at the beginning of July, it warned of vibrios in the Baltic Sea.
|Occur:||In fresh and salt water, especially at warm water temperatures|
|Symptoms of infection:||Pain, fever, chills, blood poisoning|
|Source: Robert Koch Institute|
Vibrios are a carnivorous type of bacteria, through injuries in the skin they can enter the body and provoke an infection, pets can also become infected. Possible consequences are: severe pain at the wound, fever, chills and blood poisoning. In the worst case, a disease is fatal, the loss of limbs is also possible.
Vibrio alert in the Baltic Sea: A holidaymaker died after becoming infected while bathing. © Stefan Sauer/picture alliance/dpa/dpa-Zentralbild/imagebroker/Imago
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Immunocompromised and elderly people are particularly at risk. In the current case, the LAGuS states: "The deceased had open wounds and was chronically ill." So the risk could hardly have been greater.
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The bacteria thrive from a water temperature of 20 degrees Celsius. This year they are keeping for a particularly long time because of the unusually warm and long summer. "Even now, there are still masses of vibrios in the water," warns a LAGuS spokeswoman in Bild. So far, there have been a total of four vibrio infections this bathing season, compared to ten last year. (moe)