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A lady loses her four limbs after a tilapia meal.


A lady loses

her four limbs after a tilapia meal.

An American woman lost her four limbs after eating an undercooked fish meal

in a tragic incident that began to turn her hands and feet black.

According to details

reported by the British newspaper Mirror

Laura Barajas of California contracted a bacterial infection

due to the failure to cook tilapia

type fish after purchasing it from a local market late in July.

On Thursday :

the 40-year-old was forced to undergo amputation in order to save her life

after spending about a month and a half in hospital battling the deadly infection.

Laura :

a mother of a 6-year-old boy

cooked the fish herself and ate it

according to a friend who said she "almost lost her life" because of the accident.

Her friend Anna Messina told local media:

It was heavy on all of us. It's terrible.

This could have happened to any of us. almost lost her life .

Anna explained that her friend had been placed in a medically induced coma


Her fingers

feet and lower lip were black. suffered complete sepsis and kidney failure .

Doctors say Laura's infection

  • was likely caused by the bacterium Fibrio Volnivicas
  • which lives in aquatic environments, recently warned
  • by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Centers for :

Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

says that between 150 and 200 infections are reported each year

and one in every 5 is infected

which most seriously affects immunocompromised people.

Infectious diseases expert Natasha Spotswood said:

You can get these bacteria by eating something contaminated with them

or by exposing a wound or tattoo to the water you spread.

She added :

Everyone has to take reasonable precautions.

If you have a wound avoid snorkelling in the water until it heals well.

If you are immunocompromised, be careful to monitor these things

and avoid activities and undercooked foods. "