The cause of blood poisoning is vibriobacteria, which thrive in warm and salt water. They very rarely cause sepsis in Finland.
Turku three vibriobacter-induced sepsis have been diagnosed during the week at the University Central Hospital (Tyks), the hospital informs.
Cases are very rare, as these bacteria are a rare cause of sepsis in Finland.
Prolonged heat increases the growth of bacteria in seawater. Vibro bacteria, which cause severe inflammation, thrive in warm and salty water.
“In shallow bays, the salinity and heat of seawater rise rapidly in the heat. It also increases the growth of the bacterium and the risk of infection,” Tyks, chief physician of clinical microbiology Antti Hakanen says in a press release.
PeopleAccording to Hakanen, people with impaired immunity or broken skin should be careful not to swim in shallow and warm seawater.
“Especially the bay coves are in the minds of not only holidaymakers but also vibro bacteria.”
Bacteria thrive in hot weather, especially in coves, where both seawater temperature and salinity rise to favorable levels.
“Vibrio bacteria can cause stomach disease as well as skin and ear infections. At worst, a bacterium can cause sepsis if the bacterium enters the bloodstream. Especially the long-term sick and the less resilient are at risk of getting sepsis. So this is a serious matter. “
Vibratory bacteria are not found in fresh water, so Hakanen recommends swimming in lakes, for example.
The last time vibro bacteria caused serious infections in the region of Southwest Finland was in the hot summer of 2014.