A woman died and two others were hospitalized on the area's beaches from infections caused by carnivorous bacteria
Sarasota – Although cautious, beachgoers in Southwest Florida are taking several recent cases of carnivorous bacteria associated with local waters in controversy.
On Friday, dozens of sunbathers at Lido Beach continued to soak into the Gulf, but many said they remained awake after wounding the infections associated with carnivorous bacteria along the Gulf Coast. Ellenton woman dies last week from exposure on Anna Maria Island.
Independent and based on another kind of bacteria, the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County issued Wednesday for Brohard Park, Lido Casino Beach and Venice Beach after officials said the level of enterococcus bacteria was above acceptable levels. The consultant was lifted to Venice Beach and Lido Casino Beach on July 4 based on further testing.
Anita and Tom Tucker, a few vacation from Orlando, had their chairs set on the shore near Lida Pavilion and looked at the water. They learned about the carnivorous bacteria on Thursday after they had spent the day at Turtle Beach, where a victim was hospitalized after developing cellulite, a common skin infection that, if not treated, could become necrotizing fasciitis, the disease killed the Ellenton woman.
"We thought," Oh well, just after we had been on the beach all day, "Anita Tucker said.
The couple came to town this week's Sarasota Power Boat Grand Prix as they do each year. they had not known that carnivorous bacteria were in the area. "It was the first time we heard about it ever," said Tom Tucker.
The Tuckers were not completely discouraged from the water, which remained largely on the sand, but wade in the water during the day.
"We are cautious about getting wounds before we go into the water," said Anita Tucker.
SURfit USA's summer summer camp operated on Lido Beach, teaching a group of children stand-up paddleboarding, surfing and Marine Biology Advisor Aaron Pollard said he was not worried about the bacteria, but was concerned about the media reporting of recent events and the fears it has caused.
"This is a naturally occurring thing that happens every year. Usually you just want to be fine, "he said.
Pollard said some parents have expressed concern for their children, but he said he is looking at damage to the campers.
" If people are cut, you must Keep it clean. If there are signs of infection, they go to the hospital, "he said.
Teri Woodworth and Debbie Bassett, two women on holiday from Richmond, Virginia, learned about cases of meat-eating bacteria when they arrived in Sarasota on Sunday.
"At one point I stepped on a shell and it struck me a little, but it didn't go out," Woodworth said.
Bassett said that they take extra steps to ensure their safety. "If we come to rinse, we will go to the showers in front of the beach," she said.
A few days before when they were on the beach with friends, decided they are taking extra care and keeping the younger children by the pool or letting them wear water shoes to protect their feet. "" I think this is one of the most beautiful cities around, "said Woodworth." We are just trying to be careful but enjoy ourselves. "