YULEE, Fla. -

The flesh-eating bacteria found in Nassau County has a lot of people in that community concerned.

Health leaders there want to remind people the bacteria is actually very rare and are trying to calm people's fears.

It's going to take a lot convincing for a Yulee resident Amanda Hackel, a mother of two. Hackel is very concerned about getting back into a creek that runs into the intercoastal waterway.

It's the same area where her neighbor, George Clarke, contracted the flesh-eating bacteria known as Vibrio vulnificus. The 77-year-old man is still in the hospital struggling to survive.

"Keeping my kids away and out of the water," said Hackel. "I will probably always be nervous from now on, and I was raised out here. So, it's definitely disheartening."

Another neighbor, Richard Lee, is also having second thoughts.

"It's pretty crazy because I just stuck my feet in the water," said Lee. "I started checking my feet. I was scared."

But health leaders don't want people to overreact, especially if you are healthy and don't have any underlying health conditions.

Kim Geib is the Public Health Manager for Florida Health in Nassau County.

"Particularly because their immune system is healthy, they'll probably respond with a mild illness or not get as sick," said Geib.

Geib said in most cases it's rare for people who are healthy to suffer from the flesh-eating bacteria. The people highest at risk are those with a low immune system or people who get in water with an open cut or sore.

Symptoms can include fever, chills, nausea and vomiting, but unfortunately in most of the cases already known, by the time the symptoms hit, the bacteria is already raging.

Geib said it's also important to make sure you cook seafood thoroughly. She also suggests people wear gloves when fishing or handling live crabs.