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Teenager contracts bacterial infection after swimming in Reservoir
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June 28, 2017 -

ROSS BARNETT RESERVOIR, Miss. — A teenager has contracted a bacterial infection in at Mississippi Reservoir.

“We noticed a scrape in between the third and fourth toe and it was starting to get infected," said Chris Link. "The swelling, the redness grew up her foot and up her leg.”

Link never imagined her 14-year-old daughter Liza would leave with a foot infection after a fun day on the water.

“They told us it was Cellulitis and probably caused by the flesh-eating bacteria in the water," said Link. 

Dr. Tunja Oluwatade is Infectious Disease specialist and he says bacteria in water can be dangerous, especially for people with open wounds.

“When you got into water, you can have a cut that is ignored and that cut can get infected,” said Dr. Oluwatade.

He also points out its mostly contracted in fresh water, salt water and standing water because of the germs, organisms and debris that could be lurking.

“There are ways to prevent this," said Dr. Oluwatade. "If you have a cut, don't go into the water. Take care of the cut first, especially if you have underlying diseases like diabetes, liver problems. If you have cut in the water don't ignore the cut, see a medical provider for advice."


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