This Morning I was reading this and thought I would share and pass along....Very Scary and something to be cautious of when you have Cuts & open wounds etc... JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A 45-year-old Jacksonville woman has died from flesh-eating bacteria that she contracted while riding a personal watercraft on the St. Johns River, officials said. ADVERTISEMENT Candace Scott died Aug. 3, Duval County health officials said. One to three cases of flesh-eating bacteria are typically reported in the county each year, but deaths are rare, said Tim Lawther, director of chronic disease and prevention for the county's health department. The bacteria that caused Scott's fatal infection typically enters the body through an open wound and absorbs into the bloodstream, Lawther said. Scott's brother, Bill, said she had cut her leg the day she was at the river. The bacteria, vibrio vulnificus, triggered an infection known as necrotizing fasciitis, which destroys muscles, fat, and skin tissue. The bacteria is similiar to one the public is warned about when eating raw or undercooked shellfish, health officials said. The infection takes its greatest toll on people with weakened immune systems or chronic illnesses such as diabetes, cancer, liver or kidney disease. Scott was recently diagnosed with diabetes. "At this point, we're not telling people to stay out of the water because of this one instance," Lawther said. "However, if you don't heal well and you have an open wound you should stay out of the water because that puts you at a higher risk." The health department said Scott's infection was not related to blue-green algae appearing in streaks along the river, although people have been warned to stay away from the algae.