Victoria County commissioners will hear a report Monday from the Victoria County Public Health Department about vibriosis in the Crossroads.
David Gonzales, the county’s public health director, and Brittany Burgess, the health department’s epidemiologist, will give the report during the commissioners’ weekly meeting. Burgess said the report is scheduled to update the commissioners about a recent news release sent by the department that outlined information about vibriosis as well as recommended precautions.
Burgess said health department officials won’t be sharing any new data, but they feel it’s important to discuss vibriosis.
“We’re just making sure the public knows what’s going on,” she said. “We want to get ahead of the message.”
In recent weeks, there have been two deaths in the Crossroads connected to Vibrio infections. The infections can be caused by several Vibrio species and can lead to gastrointestinal illness or skin infections in humans, depending on the type of exposure, according to the county’s news release.
In late June, Jerry Sebek, a San Marcos man, died of a Vibrio infection he likely contracted while fishing near Palacios.
Earlier this month, Gary Evans, a Victoria man, died of an apparent flesh-eating bacterial infection known as necrotizing fasciitis a few days after contracting Vibrio bacteria at Magnolia Beach.
Infections can be contracted either by consuming the bacteria, which can live in sea creatures and seawater, or through the blood by direct exposure to seawater, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although the bacteria is found along the coast year-round, it tends to be found in higher quantities when the weather is warmer.
Also Monday, county commissioners will consider approval of donations to the Patriot Park Wall of Honor and the Crossroads Area Veterans Center.