Warmer Waters Means Potential Danger For Swimmers - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Warmer Waters Means Potential Danger For Swimmers

Posted: Updated:

TUNIS MILLS, Md.-  After a hot summer, the water has gotten to a nice temperature for swimmers, but it is also a breeding ground for the brain eating amoeba and the very dangerous Vibrio bacteria.

There is no "Jaws" music to be heard along Delmarva's rivers, just the slight lapping of water along the shore.  For the most part, our rivers are a safe place to swim.  But once in a while, you hear about a case of Vibrio or the brain eating amoeba that has left someone fighting for their life.

According to the Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, there was a man in the Tunis Mills area who was pulling a crab pot out of the water and contracted a Vibrio infection.  He subsequently had four surgeries in an attempt to save his arm.  Vibrio is a flesh eating bacteria that enters the bloodstream through cuts.  like the brain eating amoeba, it's rare, but it's something watermen are always worried about according to Jason Vinceguerra.

"It's a concern.  We've had different watermen get infected with different bacteria, not sure if was a Vibrio infection or something else, but you definitely have to be careful," said Vinceguerra.

The Midshore Riverkeepers warn against swimming after half an inch or more of rainfall, as well as avoiding swimming with open cuts.  If you do have a cut that gets exposed to the water, be sure to wash it fast.  That's something Jason does every time.

"When I get bit by a crab or have an open wound, I always dip my hand in alcohol or bleach and make sure it's covered when my hands are in the water," said Vinceguerra.

SOME SAY THEY'LL TAKE THE PRECAUTIONS, BUT THEY AREN'T TOO SCARED TO AVOID SWIMMING.

"It's a shame someone would get a sickness like that," said Chris Martin of Westminster.  "But with two cases, when you see how many people are swimming, it's something you might want to be aware of, but I don't think it's something to panic about."

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Firefly Music Festival Releases 2019 Lineup

    Firefly Music Festival Releases 2019 Lineup

    Monday, December 10 2018 9:47 PM EST2018-12-11 02:47:25 GMT
    Tuesday, December 11 2018 7:46 AM EST2018-12-11 12:46:08 GMT
    (Photo credit: Firefly Music Festival)(Photo credit: Firefly Music Festival)
    (Photo credit: Firefly Music Festival)(Photo credit: Firefly Music Festival)
    The Firefly Music Festival is one again returning to the Woodlands for it eighth festival-- and Monday, event organizers released the lineup of performers.More
    The Firefly Music Festival is one again returning to the Woodlands for it eighth festival-- and Monday, event organizers released the lineup of performers. More
  • After Nativity Scene Removal, Rehoboth Beach Considers New Policy

    After Nativity Scene Removal, Rehoboth Beach Considers New Policy

    Monday, December 10 2018 5:26 PM EST2018-12-10 22:26:21 GMT
    Tuesday, December 11 2018 7:40 AM EST2018-12-11 12:40:26 GMT
    Photo courtesy: Patty DerrickPhoto courtesy: Patty Derrick
    Photo courtesy: Patty DerrickPhoto courtesy: Patty Derrick
    After the removal of a nativity scene from city property near the bandstand, the city of Rehoboth Beach is already looking toward next year.More
    After the removal of a nativity scene from city property near the bandstand, the city of Rehoboth Beach is already looking toward next year.More
  • Delaware's Largest Private Employer Increasing Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour

    Delaware's Largest Private Employer Increasing Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour

    Tuesday, December 11 2018 9:12 AM EST2018-12-11 14:12:09 GMT
    Tuesday, December 11 2018 9:12 AM EST2018-12-11 14:12:09 GMT
    Christiana Hospital (Photo: Christiana Care Health System)Christiana Hospital (Photo: Christiana Care Health System)
    Christiana Hospital (Photo: Christiana Care Health System)Christiana Hospital (Photo: Christiana Care Health System)
    Christiana Care Health System, Delaware's largest private employer with nearly 12,000 employees, says it is increasing its minimum wage to $15 an hour.More
    Christiana Care Health System, Delaware's largest private employer with nearly 12,000 employees, says it is increasing its minimum wage to $15 an hour.           More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices