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Families And Visitors Encouraged To Visit Florida's Beautiful Beaches

By Florida Department of Health, Office of Communications

June 12, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 12, 2015

Contact: Communications Office
(850) 245-4111

FAMILIES AND VISITORS ENCOURAGED TO VISIT FLORIDA'S BEAUTIFUL BEACHES

TALLAHASSEE—This week, several media outlets published stories that contained inaccuracies about the safety of Florida's beach water related to cases of Vibrio vulnificus infections.

Annually, the department issues a release to remind Floridians of ways to protect themselves and minimize exposure to a naturally occurring bacterium found in warm, brackish seawater called Vibrio vulnificus. The department's release from May 29 can be seen at www.floridahealth.gov/newsroom/2015/05/052915-vibrio.html.

In 2015, the department has reported eight cases of Vibrio vulnificus infections which include two deaths. The following are some important facts about Vibrio vulnificus:

  • The bacterium does not pose a risk to a normally healthy person (who does not have open cuts or wounds) who swims in Florida's coastal waters.
  • Vibrio vulnificus infections are rare.

Florida's beaches and water are safe to enjoy responsibly—risk of infection is minimal if you take proper precautions.

Please visit the department's Vibrio vulnificus page for the latest information regarding Vibrio vulnificus infections, including case counts which is updated weekly and other educational materials regarding this bacterium.

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