One type of bacteria that can cause flesh-eating bacteria syndrome is Vibrio vulnificus, which is found on certain sea creatures, including crabs, prawns and oysters. Dr Chlebicki said that one has to be careful when handling seafood. If one sustains a cut, one should immediately wash the wound clean and use alcohol to disinfect it thoroughly.
In 2007, local papers reported that an 83-year-old man died after getting pricked by a crab which infected him with flesh-eating bacteria. It was a tiny wound, but it took only 48 hours to kill him.