The Port Arthur Public Health Department is awaiting confirmation from the Texas Department of State Health Services that a patient at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas has been infected with the bacteria Vibrio.
Port Arthur Public Health Director Judith Smith says at this time it is presumed the patient has been infected with Vibrio.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Vibrio is a rare and potentially deadly bacteria that can cause disease when a person consumes contaminated seafood, like raw oysters, or when an open wound is exposed to seawater. It is most commonly found in warm coastal waters during the summer months. The disease can cause fever, vomiting, diarrhea and blistering skin lesions.
A source close to the patient told 12News the patient went crabbing on Taylor Bayou last week. The source said he was not wearing gloves and had cuts on his hand while he was handling the crabs. The source said the patient is expected to be transferred to Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth In Beaumont where he will receive skin grafts on his hand.
The patient is listed in good condition.