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Woman gets flesh-eating bacteria while fishing near Grand Isle

WDSU-TV 
 Kelly Kohen Blomberg, right, contracted vibrio vulnificus while fishing May 12 near Grand Isle.
WDSU-TV Kelly Kohen Blomberg, right, contracted vibrio vulnificus while fishing May 12 near Grand Isle.

NEW ORLEANS -- Health officials are offering a word of caution about flesh-eating bacteria for those planning to head to the water this Memorial Day. It is often found in warm, salty brackish waters and in shellfish during the summer months.

Kelly Kohen Blomberg recently came into contact with this rare, but serious disease.

"It is affecting my life. I can't work right now. I can't do anything productive right now," Blomberg said.

She contracted the bacteria when she was beach surf fishing on May 12 in the Gulf of Mexico near Grand Isle.

"Whenever I shuffled my foot, it went directly into the mouth of something," she said. "Blood everywhere, and it was not stopping."

She cleaned the wound and went to the hospital the next day and started taking antibiotics.

"A week later, my foot was still huge and I'm starting to have, like, dead tissue around my foot so I'm just worried," she said.

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