Day at the beach leaves Texas man with flesh-eating bacteria

Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care


A trip to the beach left a Texas man fighting an infection from flesh-eating bacteria.

Vibrio bacteria live naturally in certain coastal waters and are present in higher concentrations between May and October when water temperatures are warmer. When ingested, it can lead to an illness in humans called fibrosis…

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MRSA: Bad Boy Bacteria, By Sharlene Pilkey (05-23-2010)
It used to be swimmers ear, (otis exterma,) and then it was swimmers itch (cercarial dermatitis) if you went to the beach, everybody got it at one time or another, but now there is a new bully bacteria hiding on supposedly pristine beaches world-wide…

9 Surprising Diseases You Can Catch at the Beach, Huffington Post (08-23-2010)

Staying Safe in Sandy Beaches, ScienceDaily (08-28-2015)
Beach sand contains all kinds of microorganisms, including those that can harm human health. Now, an international panel of scientists is recommending monitoring the sand at recreational beaches, to minimize health risks for beachgoers…

Digging in Beach Sand Linked to Increased Risk of Gastrointestinal Illness, EPA (01-06-2015)
People take certain precautions when they go to the beach. They apply sunscreen to avoid sunburn and stay away from big waves if they are not strong swimmers. But they do not usually worry about getting sick from digging or playing in the sand…

Contaminated Sand May Make Beachgoers Sick, New Study Say, (07-18-2015)
When beaches are closed due to pollution, a few fearless beachgoers may think that they are safe as long as they stay remain on land. But a newly published study say that even the sand may not be safe from dangerous bacteria, and can potentially recontaminate the water…

Dog Excrement in Plastic Bags Threatens Beach Safety, BBC News (Uploaded 03-22-2012)

What Causes Beach Closures? WHOI (Uploaded 05-27-2012)