JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville University recently tested the St. Johns River for bacteria, and now have the results.
JU used DNA testing to find that 4 out of 6 sites tested positive for vibrios. Three of the sites tested positive for potentially pathogenic Vibrio species.
Two of the sampling locations tested positive for Vibrio vulnificus, a kind of flesh eating bacteria.
A third site tested positive for both Vibrio vulnificus and Vibrio parahaemolyticus, which can cause gastrointestinal illness.
A fourth site tested positive for vibrio, but not any of the three pathogenic kinds.
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