TX woman dies of flesh-eating bacteria from oysters; friends, family speak out

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LeBlanc encountered both on the trip, KLFY reported.

A 55-year-old Texas woman is dead after contracting a flesh-eating disease from raw oysters she ate on a trip to Louisiana.

Jeanette LeBlanc became ill after going crabbing with friends and family on the Louisiana coast and then eating raw oysters that she and a friend picked up at a market in Westwego, KLFY reports.

The experience didn't do down too well, with Bowers saying it appeared as her pal was having an allergic reaction.

"An allergic reaction of sorts, that's what I would call it". Her conditioned worsened from there, according to KLFY.

Doctors diagnosed LeBlanc with vibriosis.

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"It's a flesh-eating bacteria", Bergquist told the station.

LeBlanc reportedly developed "severe wounds" on her legs, and doctors informed her that she had a bacterial infection known as vibriosis.

LeBlanc spent 21 days in the hospital.

Most vibriosis infections are unpleasant but resolve within a few days. About 80% of those infections occur between May and October, when water is particularly warm - ideal for colonies of bacteria to grow and thrive.

LeBlanc was unable to overcome the infection, and died on October 15, 2017.

Karen added: "I can't even imagine going through that for 21 days. Most people don't last", said Bowers said.

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Bowers and LeBlanc's wife, Vickie Bergquist, are working to keep others from suffering a similar fate.

Her partner, Vicki Bergquist, is now trying to raise awareness about Vibrio through kify.com.

"It we had known that the risk was so high, I think she would've stopped eating oysters", Bergquist said. Cases where people have caught it from the ocean have been infected with saltwater containing a Vibrio species. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a page on their website devoted to myths associated with raw oysters and the vibrio bacteria that can be contracted as a result.

It causes vibriosis, which can be fatal in people with a weakened immune system. But it rapidly became apparent that something more serious was developing.

While flesh eating bacteria infection is rare, a study via HealthLink BC asserts the disease kills one in four people who contract it.

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