Two Children Contract Bacteria at Atlantic County Beach

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Two local mothers are warning South Jersey families and visitors of the area following health issues their children have experienced after swimming at an Atlantic County beach.

Dominique Transue’s eight-year-old son, Logan, frequents the Port Republic beach almost daily throughout the summer. But just two days after swimming there he started having some pain.

“What was a little bump at first was then really red and swollen and had a puss top to it," said Transue. "We thought it was a spider bite."

She took him to a local urgent care center where a culture was done and he was sent home with two antibiotics. However, not even 36 hours later it had grown.

“It had turned from a little bit bigger than a quarter to about six inches of a rectangle on his thigh,” said Transue.

What was a little bump at first was then really red and swollen and had a puss top to it.

What was a little bump at first was then really red and swollen and had a puss top to it.

They ended up going to the emergency room and Logan was given more antibiotics.

“Tuesday morning the culture that urgent care had taken on Saturday came back and it showed a bacteria called Aeromona Hydrophila,” said Transue.

Doctors were then able to treat him for that and their quick thinking stopped it from turning into a more dangerous situation.

“They made it clear that it lives in water and is really common in our area," said Transue. "[However], my son has only been to the Port Republic beach this year.”

Lauren Clinton brought her son to the same beach the following week and while swimming a lifeguard told them to get out of the water.

“She said: 'I just got a call from my boss that the bacteria levels in the lake are too high,'” said Clinton.

Two days later, her two-year-old son woke up with a swollen ear.

“We took him right to the pediatrician," said Clinton. "He was able to prescribe some strong antibiotics, but she urged that we should act quickly."

The boys are now doing great and are back to normal.

Both mothers went on Facebook to share their experiences in hopes that other families wouldn’t have to go through the same thing.

“I just want people to realize that this is a real thing," said Transue, "and it can pose a real danger to people." 

This is about "letting parents know [the] signs and the symptoms so they can look out for them,” said Clinton.

County representatives said they will continue to test the water every Monday to guarantee this body of water is safe and will shut down the swimming area if it is not safe for people to swim in. 

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