Every summer, there are news stories about individuals who catch infections—and sometimes die—from germs within the water. this is what you should know about a few of the high-profile (but rare!) infections which were within the news lately.
Yep, there’s an amoeba that crawls up your nose and destroys your brain tissue. N. fowleri usually lives in warm water and eats bacteria. It can’t hurt you if it gets on your skin and even if you swallow it, but when it’s in water that gets splashed or snorted up your nose, it’s possible to become infected.
It’s an especially scary disease because, by the time an individual reveals symptom, they’re often seriously ill. There isn’t any treatment that’s known to be effective, though there are a few things that doctors will try.
The good news is that it’s extraordinarily rare—so rare that every time anyone dies from it, they make the news. There have been solely 145 reported instances between 1962 and 2018. If you wish to be extra cautious, avoid swimming in warm freshwater, or at least put on nose clips and do your best to keep water out of your nose.
Several species of Vibrio bacteria live within the ocean and may make you sick. Mostly they cause food poisoning (one of the dangers of eating raw shellfish, together with oysters) however they may also infect skin if you go swimming with a wound. Vibrio bacterial infections can range from mild to serious, and in few circumstances can result in death or require amputation.
Vibrio is commonest in warm salty (together with brackish) water, with the dangerous season extending from May through October in lots of places where it occurs. Due to climate change, warm waters, and thus, Vibrio infections are becoming more frequent.