Enjoy the Suncoast water, but not if you have cuts!

Posted at 5:37 PM, May 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-29 17:37:00-04

Suncoast beaches are rated number one many times over, but you may want to take precautions before you jump into the water

Unseasonably warm weather increases the population of a variety of bacteria calling gulf waters home, and unsuspecting people with wounds, cuts, sores and abrasions may be vulnerable to infections caused by the many different types of bacteria, including Vibrio Vulnificus.

There's a common misconception about the vibrio infections in this area, said Medical Director, William Heymann, M.D., of Florida Department of Health, Sarasota County. "It's a bacteria that's common, particularly in the summer, in coastal warm seawater including the gulf"

The immuno compromised, including diabetics, the elderly and those with liver conditions are at most risk of complications, but if otherwise healthy people notice a cut or abrasion after coming in contact with waters they should clean the wound thoroughly and should be fine.

Dr.Heymann said as far as the health department knows, there are no recent cases in Sarasota county.

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