By DAVID RAINER
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
As happens on occasion, my youngest daughter asked if I had read the story about a man from Ocean Springs, Miss., who died after a fishing trip in the Gulf of Mexico.
She started reading the symptoms from the story.
“Vibrio,” I said. “What does the story say?”
She said it didn’t indicate a cause but mentioned the man’s underlying health problems.
The next day, she said, “You were right. They updated the story and it was vibrio vulnificus.”
I point this out not to cause panic or dread, but to inform people who enjoy our coastal waters about precautions to ensure it will be a safe and enjoyable excursion.