Warm Saltwater is a Hot Bed for Bacteria


Summer months are all about warm weather, vacation, and outdoor swimming. It’s good times ahead with little thought given to the potential environmental threats stemming from warmer temperatures.

Case in point, this year in Florida, a deadly bacteria residing in warm saltwater has already killed two people and has reportedly infected seven people. This dangerous bacteria’s formal name is Vibrio Vulnificus. It thrives in temperatures ranging from 68 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

Fortunately, this doesn’t mean that swimming beyond the pool is completely out of the fun summer equation. If you and your family simply can’t resist a dip into the beautiful ocean, just make sure that you avoid exposing open cuts and wounds to warm saltwater, brackish water, or to raw shellfish. And, always be vigilant. Keep an eye out for any unusual symptoms that may need immediate medical attention.


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By Simon Hahessy | Posted in General