By DINA ARÉVALO
Port Isabel-South Padre Press
Recent reports of Gulf Coast visitors being stricken with bacterial infections after recreating on Texas beaches has many worrying about the water quality on South Padre Island. But officials reassured tourists there’s nothing to fear.
According to a statement released by the City of South Padre Island Monday, visitors “need not worry about high bacteria levels on South Padre Island.”
The worry was sparked after reports out of Galveston and Port Aransas detailed the how two men developed bacterial infections after entering beach waters in those two cities.
The illness of one of the men, San Jacinto resident Brian Parrott, 50, progressed so quickly that doctors were forced to amputate one of his legs below the knee. Parrott developed the infection after swimming in Galveston.
Two weeks later, Buda resident Adrian Ruiz, developed a similar infection after a trip to Port Aransas. He, too, was at risk of losing a leg, but his condition has since improved, according to reports.
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