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Ben Miller is a reporter based out of the Central Coast area of California. He graduated from the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno and served as editor-in-chief of the university's student newspaper, The Nevada Sagebrush, which won print and online awards from the Associated Collegiate Press during his time there.

With a nearly 50-percent mortality rate, Vibrio vulnificus is the most deadly foodborne pathogen in the world, according to University of North Carolina at Charlotte Biology Professor Jim Oliver. And instances of infection in the U.S., however rare, are rapidly rising. Fifteen years ago, there were 21 confirmed cases of Vibrio vulnificus and parahaemolyticus infections…