Woman dies from flesh-eating bacteria after eating raw oysters

Jeanette LeBlanc 55, died on October 15- 21 days after contracting a flesh-eating bacteria on a trip to Louisiana

Jeanette LeBlanc 55, died on October 15- 21 days after contracting a flesh-eating bacteria on a trip to Louisiana

A Texas woman died after she got infected with a flesh-eating bacteria after eating raw oysters.

Jeanette LeBlanc was crabbing with her friends and family on the Louisiana coast in September when she contracted the infection, KLFY reported. The two ate about two dozen raw oysters and LeBlanc started to feel ill 36 hours later.

Doctors told Jeanette she had vibrio.

"It's a flesh-eating bacteria", Bergquist explained.

"About 36 hours later she started having extreme respiratory distress, had a rash on her legs and everything", Vicki Bergquist told the news station.

Within 48 hours, LeBlanc's condition went from bad to worse.

LeBlanc had been in contact with both.

Most infections happen between May and October and common symptoms include diarrhea, nausea, fever and chills. While most people recover from the infection, one variant - the Vibrio vulnificus infection - is often deadly.

The FDA points out that vibrio in oysters has no scent, cannot be killed by hot sauce or alcohol, and can contaminate oysters in any month - not just summer months when temperatures are warmer, although the disease is more commonly found then, as noted by the CDC as well.

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

LeBlanc and her friend Karen Bowers picked up some raw oysters in a Westwego market for a treat.

"I can't even imagine going through that for 21 days". "Most people become infected by eating raw or undercooked shellfish, particularly oysters".

Bergquist and Bowers are now working together to help raise awareness of flesh-eating bacteria.

Bergquist added: "If we had known that the risk was so high, I think she would've stopped eating oysters".

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