Flesh Eating Bacteria In the Crossroads
It’s a bacteria found in coastal waters, and sometimes people are exposed to it during the summer months. While many aren’t affected by Vibrio, those with open cuts and wounds who wade in these waters should take caution. “I don’t worry about it but it happens, all the time.” Port Lavaca resident Casey Jackson says she’s planning on hitting the beach this summer, but will take extra precaution after reading about cases of a flesh eating bacteria in nearby waters. “It won’t stop me from getting in the water, I will be a little more cautious, but it’s in the water year around,” says Jackson. According to epidemiologist Kyle McCauley, this bacteria is found in still brackish water, and once it enters an open cut or wound it can spread quickly.
“If you seem to be developing an infection, go to the doctor and tell them you had the exposure of swimming or fishing in the gulf,” says McCauley.
Confirmed Cases of Vibrio In the Crossroads In 2015 are as follows: — Victoria County: 3
— Calhoun County: 4
— DeWitt County: 1
— Lavaca County: 2
— Wharton County: 1 “It’s more common in the summer because the bacteria grows more in the summer months. Because of that, people are more likely to get an infection,” says McCauley.
He says antibiotics can help treat vibrio, but there are things you can do beforehand to avoid the infection.
“If you go out, and you go swimming or fishing, try to avoid exposing any open wounds you have to the water,” he says. It’s advice Jackson says everyone should know.
“I’d be cautious but I really wouldn’t worry about it.”