Health officials say the Santa Rosa Sound is a suitable environment for vibrio vulnificus, a bacteria which thrives in warm, brackish seawater and can lead to death, especially if it invades the bloodstream.
But some officials say the Sound doesn’t present a bigger risk for vibrio cases than the Gulf of Mexico, despite not having a pass in the 40-mile stretch between Pensacola and Destin.
Florida has reported 11 total cases so far this year, including five deaths.
In 2013, a 53-year-old Gulf Breeze man died from the Vibrio bacteria following a fishing trip in the Sound.
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