During a phone conversation with Christine Mann, Press Officer for the Texas Department of State Health Services (on July 24, 2015), she confirmed that the Vibrio vulnificus bacteria "...exists naturally, occurring in warm coastal water." She went on to say that 84 cases were reported in Texas in 2013. Mann also explained that reporting is done by residence of the individual. Her example, (paraphrased): If someone contracted an infection from swimming in South Padre waters, but was from Rockport, the case would be reported as Rockport. When questioned about a possible correlation between the recent flooding in Rockport to Vibrio vulnificus infection cases, she did not think that the flooding would result in a rise of infection cases.
As far as the data she could access, she told the WWN that only 1 case of Vibrio vulnificus had been reported in Aransas County so far in 2015. She admitted that this data was not as current as the last 24 hours, and suggested we contact the local health department. From her suggestion, we reached out to the Environmental Health Department for Aransas County, but was told by the Director (over the phone) that he did not have access to that information.
(The above paragraphs were written by WWN staff.)
Information About Vibrio Vulnificus Bacteria, from the Texas Department of State Health Services: