Fisherman Contracts Rash at Cape Henlopen State Park - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Fisherman Contracts Rash at Cape Henlopen State Park

Posted: 09/27/2017 16:12:00 -04:00 Updated:

LEWES, Del. - A case of "Swimmer's Itch" is inspiring one local fisherman to stay out of the water.

Floyd Morton,  founder of website Delaware Brethren of the Coast, says he was trying to catch bait in the bay section of Cape Henlopen State Park on Friday when he stepped in the water. He says within minutes he felt his feet and legs tingling.

"Coming out of the water I knew I had it instantly," he says. "I tried to wash it off the best I could. I keep an antiseptic rinse in the truck so I can wash my hands...I tried to rinse it off then and it didn't work."

The area Morton was wading in is in the section of bay near the red Breakwater Lighthouse, a couple hundred yards away from the Fishing Pier. Morton has caught Swimmer's Itch--a rash caused by parasites sometimes found in sea snails--in this exact same spot three times, and because of that, he says he should know better. Morton says because he's had it multiple times, it's more severe than it would normally be.

 

"I can't put shoes on. It's really uncomfortable," he says. "This is the first time I've got it between my toes and it hurts like heck."

Morton says he immediately notified the park management, and since the incident signs have gone up warning swimmers of the possibility of contracting the rash in this area. Morton says he hopes his story can keep people from suffering like him. 

"Just heed the warning," he says. "I'd hate to see a small child or a baby get infected by this. Who knows how they would be able to handle it."

Swimmer's Itch is not contagious. According to the CDC, it typically does not require medical treatment.

 

 

 

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Lawmakers Want to Make Delaware State Song Gender Neutral

    Lawmakers Want to Make Delaware State Song Gender Neutral

    Apr 25, 2018 4:37 AM2018-04-25 08:37:00 GMT
    Wednesday, April 25 2018 4:37 AM EDT2018-04-25 08:37:52 GMT
    Lawmakers are eyeing a proposal to make Delaware's official state song gender neutral.More
    Lawmakers are eyeing a proposal to make Delaware's official state song gender neutral.More
  • Millville Considers Prohibiting Firearm Discharge in Town Limits

    Millville Considers Prohibiting Firearm Discharge in Town Limits

    Apr 24, 2018 11:34 PM2018-04-25 03:34:00 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 11:34 PM EDT2018-04-25 03:34:53 GMT
    MILLVILLE, Del.- A proposed ordinance in Millville would outlaw the discharge of many firearms within town limits. The restriction would not apply to law enforcement officers on duty or those acting in self defense. The town says the ordinance was inspireMore
    MILLVILLE, Del.- A proposed ordinance in Millville would outlaw the discharge of many firearms within town limits. The restriction would not apply to law enforcement officers on duty or those acting in self defense. The town says the ordinance was inspireMore
  • Hundreds March in Seaford Demanding "Justice for Germani"

    Hundreds March in Seaford Demanding "Justice for Germani"

    Apr 24, 2018 11:09 PM2018-04-25 03:09:00 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 11:20 PM EDT2018-04-25 03:20:40 GMT
    SEAFORD, Del.- Just weeks after nine-year-old Germani Truitt-Handy was killed during a hit and run accident, her family and friends marched the streets of Seaford demanding justice. Delaware State Police say 21 year old Dwyane McConnell of Seaford was theMore
    SEAFORD, Del.- Just weeks after nine-year-old Germani Truitt-Handy was killed during a hit and run accident, her family and friends marched the streets of Seaford demanding justice. Delaware State Police say 21 year old Dwyane McConnell of Seaford was theMore
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Hundreds March in Seaford Demanding "Justice for Germani"

    Hundreds March in Seaford Demanding "Justice for Germani"

    Apr 24, 2018 11:09 PM2018-04-25 03:09:00 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 11:20 PM EDT2018-04-25 03:20:40 GMT
    SEAFORD, Del.- Just weeks after nine-year-old Germani Truitt-Handy was killed during a hit and run accident, her family and friends marched the streets of Seaford demanding justice. Delaware State Police say 21 year old Dwyane McConnell of Seaford was theMore
    SEAFORD, Del.- Just weeks after nine-year-old Germani Truitt-Handy was killed during a hit and run accident, her family and friends marched the streets of Seaford demanding justice. Delaware State Police say 21 year old Dwyane McConnell of Seaford was theMore
  • Two Arrested For Copper Wire Thefts in Delaware

    Two Arrested For Copper Wire Thefts in Delaware

    Apr 24, 2018 7:19 PM2018-04-24 23:19:00 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 7:24 PM EDT2018-04-24 23:24:44 GMT
    Taylor Provanchie (left) and Thomas Bradley, both of Harrington. Taylor Provanchie (left) and Thomas Bradley, both of Harrington.
    Taylor Provanchie (left) and Thomas Bradley, both of Harrington.Taylor Provanchie (left) and Thomas Bradley, both of Harrington.
    Delaware State Police have arrested two people in connection with multiple thefts of copper wire from commercial irrigation systems.More
    Delaware State Police have arrested two people in connection with multiple thefts of copper wire from commercial irrigation systems. More
  • Milford Police: Man Charged in Deadly Drunk Driving Crash

    Milford Police: Man Charged in Deadly Drunk Driving Crash

    Apr 24, 2018 1:40 PM2018-04-24 17:40:00 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 1:40 PM EDT2018-04-24 17:40:15 GMT
    A 30-year-old Harrington man is facing vehicular homicide, DUI and related charges in connection with an early Tuesday morning crash in Milford that left one person dead and another injured.More
    A 30-year-old Harrington man is facing vehicular homicide, DUI and related charges in connection with an early Tuesday morning crash in Milford that left one person dead and another injured.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