A 40-year-old woman in California recently developed a bacterial infection and had to have all of her limbs amputated after cooking fish she reportedly bought from a San Jose market. The type of infection that caused her illness could become more common as climate change worsens, experts say.
Laura Barajas cooked and ate the fish and was subsequently hospitalised for over a month, according to a GoFundMe page organised by Anna Messina, a family friend. Then, on 13 September, doctors had to remove both arms and legs to save her life.
The type of fish Barajas purchased was tilapia, according to reporting from WHNT News 19, and she then started experiencing symptoms of a Vibrio vulnificus infection.