Update 6/29/2016 4:02PM: Three Matagorda beaches have tested dangerously high and those beaches are now under advisories. See below for details.
As poor Brian Parrott returns home from the hospital, Galveston beaches are once again testing Low to Medium for bacteria, which is great news for beach goers! The diabetic grandfather lost his leg at the knee after a horrifying battle with “flesh eating” bacteria (called Vibrio) which he contracted during a family vacation.
Melody Long was also hospitalized last week with a bacterial infection contracted on Galveston shores. Even with many beaches now testing Low, doctors recommend swimmers take precautions. Here are a list of beaches now testing Medium for bacteria:
Beaches Testing High:
- Matagorda County Jetty Park #1, #2, & #3
Beaches Testing Medium:
- Bryan Beach*
- Sea Rim State Park
- Rollover Pass East
- Crystal Beach
- Sea Drift
- Clara St.
- O’Neal Road
- Sylvan Beach Park
- Galveston Seawall
- 61st Street
- West End Galveston
- Dellanera Park
- Spanish Grant / Bermuda Beach
- Pirates Beach
- Sea Isle
- Follets Island
- Palacios – Palacios Pavillion*
- Sargent Beach
- Matagorda County Jetty Park #4 (Beaches #1, #2, & #3 are HIGH)
- Rockport Beach Park
- City of South Padre Island
*Updated: These beaches were added to the list on 6/29/2016 at 4:08 PM
All other beaches are currently (6/29/16) testing Low.
Medical professionals urge anyone with a skin abrasion or cut – no matter how small – to avoid all ocean waters, even those testing Low, or to cover the injury in a waterproof bandage. Special caution should be taken by those with weak immune systems, such as diabetics, cancer patients, and those with auto-immune disorders.
And that doesn’t just go for Texas. Bacteria like Vibrio call any warm ocean waters home. The CDC estimates there are about 80,000 cases of Vibriosis a year. However, 52,000 of those cases manifest as food poisoning after the patient eats contaminated food, usually raw oysters.