Galveston Health Officials Say Water Is Safe
It turns out, the flesh-eating bacteria reported in the news media this month was never the danger for the population at large that it seemed to be.
Vibrio bacteria is always present at some level, and Scott Packard, a spokesman for the Galveston County Health District, says there’s no testing program required by the Environmental Protection Agency.
“Vibrio bacteria is naturally present in salt and brackish water. So if you’ve ever been to the Gulf of Mexico – anywhere along the Gulf of Mexico whether it’s in Texas or any of the states in between here and Florida, or an ocean on the East or West Coast, you’ve probably been exposed to the Vibrio bacteria. And you probably didn’t have a negative reaction.”
Packard says Vibrio poses very little problem for people who swim unless they have a weakened immune system or an open wound.
However, there is an EPA threshold for a different bacterium.
“Those signs that warn of an elevated bacteria level are not related to Vibrio or flesh-eating bacteria. Those are related to
The website posts results of 52 test sites up and down the Galveston
“Enterococcus bacteria is naturally present in the gut of mammals and humans. Typically what occurs is after it floods or it rains, all that water washes pet waste, cattle waste and some sewage overflows into rivers and streams and eventually out into the
Enterococcus levels on
As for flesh-eating bacteria,
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