Another report of the flesh-eating bacteria has surfaced on the Gulf Coast!

WFLA News Channel 8 reports that this time it’s surfaced in Port Charlotte. Leann Thibodeau says she never thought it would happen to her, as she is a frequent beach goer.

A few days before Fourth of July holiday, Ms. Thibodeau visited a different area from her usual beach, a spot called Manasota Beach, just South of Venice.

The Port Charlotte woman admits she had a small cut on her foot, about the size of a pin–hole, but thought nothing of it as it had already scabbed over and was healing when she got in the water. Unfortunately, that’s all it took.


She visited the beach on Saturday, and by Tuesday her foot was already red and infected. In disbelief, she joked with friends that she must have that “flesh–eating bacteria“, never thinking it could actually be true.

But by Thursday July 4th, her foot was so swollen and she was in so much pain, she couldn’t even walk on it. It was at that time she sought medial care at Bayfront Health Port Charlotte.

She was advised by doctors that she had indeed contracted the flesh–eating bacteria,(necrotizing fasciitis), and that she needed immediate surgery to have part of her left foot removed. The woman is still recovering in the hospital at this time, but warning beach goers to be extra aware of what’s out there.

If you’d like to check the beach water quality in your area visit the Florida Health Department’s website.

To see our previous story on this flesh eating bacteria click HERE.

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