Florida’s flesh-eating bacteria are causing a growing epidemic

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State officials in Florida are examining concerns that residents are becoming less healthy due to bacteria that are increasingly common and potentially lethal.

The Florida Department of Health has seen a marked increase in flesh-eating bacteria known to cause infections within the state since 2017.

The agency’s infectious disease division monitors bacteria that cause flesh-eating disease and works with the state’s public health labs to track and report the pathogens.

The CDC says that bacteria called Pantoea agglomerans — commonly found in fecal matter or in plants — is particularly common in Florida, which has a temperate climate and abundant plant matter.

While the department has said no deaths have been linked to a cluster of cases of flesh-eating disease, some have linked the disease to the growth of the bacteria in certain parts of the state.

“The Florida Department of Health (DOH) is currently investigating the potential for this cluster to be an indicator of a more widespread infectious disease threat to our state,” the DOH said in a statement.

“As a public health agency, our goal is to minimize the risk to Floridians from disease as much as possible.”

The state has also been investigating whether residents are being exposed to other bacteria known to cause infections, but the department has not yet confirmed that residents have fallen ill with flesh-eating disease.

The findings come amid mounting concern about the spread of deadly flesh-eating bacteria, which are a concern for public health officials across the United States.

There have been more than 1,500 reported cases nationwide this year of the flesh-eating bacteria that cause necrotizing fasciitis or flesh-eating disease, with nearly 200 deaths, according to the CDC.

The disease, which is typically seen among people 60 and older, is most often reported in hospitals but can be found in homes, nursing homes or long-term care facilities, according to the CDC.

The agency said those who contract the flesh-eating bacteria often have been in close contact with someone sick with the disease.

“The most common route for these infections is from person-to-person,” the CDC said. “Hospitals and long-term care facilities are considered higher risk than community locations.”

The agency has cautioned that the bacteria is “especially important” in the elderly and immun

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