Impact of Cyclone Ian on human life and precautions to be taken

Cases of infections caused by flesh-eating bacteria growing in coastal floodwaters have increased in the hardest-hit areas of Florida.

Scientists say flesh-eating bacteria need salt water to grow, and floodwaters in Central Florida appear fresh.

That is why not many cases have arisen here, they say.

Doctors said that flesh-eating bacteria can attack those with weak immune systems.

Moreno said the bacteria enter the soil through water and coastal runoff. Hence people may come in contact with them and get injured.

He said that the right environment would be created for the spread of the disease.

Moreno advised people to stay away from saltwater as much as possible and wash hands and feet

thoroughly with soap and water if accidentally exposed to floodwaters.