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Warmer Waters Means Potential Danger For Swimmers

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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."

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