Man could lose limbs to flesh-eating bacteria after crabbing in N.J

Leslie Hanson
July 12, 2018

"If you see something that's out of the norm, go and get it checked". His forearms are black in color.

As his condition worsened, doctors diagnosed him with Vibrio necrotizing fasciitis, a rare bacterial infection, and placed him in critical condition.

The National Institutes of Health says that while Vibrio bacteria "is one of the more infrequent causes of necrotizing fasciitis", it has a 26 percent mortality rate because it rapidly spreads and it is hard to diagnose.

Angel Perez, 60, of Millville, was crabbing - or "fishing" for crabs - off Matts Landing on the Maurice River last week as he had done so many times before.

As for Perez, his daughter says he and his family are relying on their faith to guide them through the situation.

He was in the ICU at Cooper University Hospital on Monday.


Experts advise anyone with open wounds or cuts to stay out of the water and those with compromised immune systems or chronic conditions to avoid eating raw shellfish. But if the antibiotics don't start working soon, doctors say they will have to amputate at least three limbs.

"It was swelling", she said. Then she says it quickly got worse.

Perez-Dilan said she knows of two other people who have contracted rashes and swelling while swimming in the same area.

State and county officials have acknowledged that Vibrio bacteria "is not uncommon for the waters" but can not do much aside from advising people to stay out of brackish water, according to NJ Advance Media.

"He's been praising God nonstop", Perez-Dilan said. "Be careful. The water, as much as we need water, it can be poisonous". He's just happy to have a second chance, ' she said. "That's why they do use boots - people use boots and covers to protect themselves". It can be unsafe and we don't know what we're getting into when we get in there. Mr. Perez has Parkinson's disease, so he is at a greater risk for problems.

Larry Hajna, a spokesman for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, said, unfortunately, this type of bacteria is not uncommon for the waters.

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