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From ABC 7 News:

 

  "Officials with the Calvert County Health Department have identified five cases of flesh-eating bacteria infections in the Chesapeake Bay so far this summer, causing some residents to worry about contracting the bacteria while visiting local beaches."

"The bacteria, called vibrio, is a saltwater bacteria, some varieties of which can cause life-threatening skin and blood infections and intestinal illnesses, according to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in a newly released report."

"Due to the increase in vibrio cases, health officials are warning people about the dangers of the bacteria as they continue to test the waters for the presence of vibrio."

"Just last month, a Stafford, Va. man almost lost his leg after he swam in the Potomac River and contracted the bacteria through a scratch on his leg."

The number of cases in Maryland reached a 10-year high, with 57 reported cases. There have been 27 reported cases in Virginia so far this "year, compared to eight last year."

"The Chesapeake Bay Foundation recommends those who plan to visit the bay or its tributaries take the following precautions: avoiding swimming for 48 hours after a heavy rainstorm in the area, avoiding blue-green algae growths in the water, showering after swimming or boating, avoiding water contact if one has open sores, checking government advisors for public beaches and fishing, and having drinking water tested in rural areas."

"Dr. Larry Polsky, Calvert County health officer, tells ABC 7 News that people over 60 and those with compromised immune systems are at higher risk. If you get a cut, he says to wash it with soap and water as soon as possible. If you notice redness, swelling or develop a fever, go to the emergency room."


 

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DevonianDigger

Well that's a bummer! The Calvert regulars are just getting worse luck on top of bad luck so far this season!

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Yikes! Be careful out there--it's decidedly more difficult to hunt fossils if you are missing limbs. :wacko:

 

That warning would be enough to keep me out of the water for a while.

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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Calvert Cliff Dweller

My healthy 25 year old niece contracted the vibrio illness a couple of years ago jetsking and it almost killed her. Be careful   Folks.

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Adam86cucv

Calvert County Health Dept. Page

 

Seems like there might have been some false reporting.  No cases have occurred this year.  

I never heard of vibrio, but was warned of stagnant pond water in the hot summer growing nasty parasites.  

I'll come away from it from the article at least knowing to keep an eye out for getting cuts while out on the bay or Potomac.

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2 hours ago, Adam86cucv said:

Calvert County Health Dept. Page

 

Seems like there might have been some false reporting.  No cases have occurred this year.  

I never heard of vibrio, but was warned of stagnant pond water in the hot summer growing nasty parasites.  

I'll come away from it from the article at least knowing to keep an eye out for getting cuts while out on the bay or Potomac.

 

I think it's talking about 2014. 

 

Here's an article (dated Tuesday, August 5th, 2014) I found discussing the vibrio outbreaks:

 

http://wjla.com/news/health/health-officials-in-calvert-county-warn-of-flesh-eating-bacteria-risk-in-chesapeake-bay-105773

 

CALVERT COUNTY, Md. (WJLA) – Officials with the Calvert County Health Department have identified five cases of flesh-eating bacteria infections in the Chesapeake Bay so far this summer, causing some residents to worry about contracting the bacteria while visiting local beaches.

The bacteria, called vibrio, is a saltwater bacteria, some varieties of which can cause life-threatening skin and blood infections and intestinal illnesses, according to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in a newly released report.

Due to the increase in vibrio cases, health officials are warning people about the dangers of the bacteria as they continue to test the waters for the presence of vibrio.

 

Just last month, a Stafford, Va. man almost lost his leg after he swam in the Potomac River and contracted the bacteria through a scratch on his leg.

The number of cases in Maryland reached a 10-year high, with 57 reported cases. There have been 27 reported cases in Virginia so far this year, compared to eight last year.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation recommends those who plan to visit the bay or its tributaries take the following precautions: avoiding swimming for 48 hours after a heavy rainstorm in the area, avoiding blue-green algae growths in the water, showering after swimming or boating, avoiding water contact if one has open sores, checking government advisors for public beaches and fishing, and having drinking water tested in rural areas.

Dr. Larry Polsky, Calvert County health officer, tells ABC 7 News that people over 60 and those with compromised immune systems are at higher risk. If you get a cut, he says to wash it with soap and water as soon as possible. If you notice redness, swelling or develop a fever, go to the emergency room.

 

 

Still, the conditions currently are fairly similar to the ones in the past, and there's no reason people shouldn't take precautions. If you're not watching out for vibrio, then you should be watching out for E. coli or anything else washing down from the Inner Harbor/DC with the heavy rains. 

 

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Adam86cucv
Just now, EMP said:

...Still, the conditions currently are fairly similar to the ones in the past, and there's no reason people shouldn't take precautions. If you're not watching out for vibrio, then you should be watching out for E. coli or anything else washing down from the Inner Harbor/DC with the heavy rains. 

 

I agree, ounce of prevention is definitely worth a pound of cure.  Water coming from Baltimore should be improving versus the past since they separated the stormdrain system from the sewage system...at least we hope.

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WhodamanHD

I’m considering getting gloves because of this...

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Brett Breakin' Rocks

Might be time to break out the big guns so to speak ..... flaming ones.

 

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