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Taking precautions against a rare bacteria

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Health officials are encouraging you to take precaution against a rare bacteria, that's made its way to Florida beaches.

Officials said Vibrio Vulnificus grows naturally in warm seawater and has already infected at least seven people, killing two this year in Florida.

You can become exposed to it through open cuts and wounds on the skin.

Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain or fever and blistering skin lesions.

"What we recommend is especially those with weaken immune systems they are most at risk for getting this particular bacterium, especially those with chronic liver disease. So even if you're walking on the beach we recommend that you wear proper foot protection,” said Jacqueline Jenkins Epidemiologist.

Jenkins said you can also get the bacteria by eating raw or under cooked shellfish.

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