HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut health officials are warning of a rise in infections stemming from the exposure to bacteria in Long Island Sound.
The state Department of Public Health says four patients in August and one in July were diagnosed with Vibrio vulnificus infections.
Those infections infections can lead to serious illness that could result in hospitalization or limb amputation.
Just seven such infections were reported in Connecticut between 2010 and 2019.
The department says the cases reported this summer involve adults who had pre-existing wounds or sustained a wound and were then exposed to salt or brackish water while boating, swimming or crabbing.