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Old 02-08-2005, 08:55 AM   #1
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We are trying to plan a vacation to beach in Florida in June.During a search on google I found this site that talks about some kind of microscopic blood in the water around Florida(dont know if this is specific to florida area) that can infect the skin causing intense itching and rashes.We have traveled to ebaches in NC and SC freq without problems.IS this something we should be conserned with further south?
http://www.fau.edu/safe/sea-lice.html
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We are trying to plan a vacation to beach in Florida in June.During a search on google I found this site that talks about some kind of microscopic blood in the water around Florida(dont know if this is specific to florida area) that can infect the skin causing intense itching and rashes.We have traveled to ebaches in NC and SC freq without problems.IS this something we should be conserned with further south?
http://www.fau.edu/safe/sea-lice.html
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Old 02-08-2005, 06:18 PM   #3
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The web site mentioned was written in 1995. Personally, I live in Florida about 30 minutes from Daytona Beach and have never heard anyone talk about it. From the web site, it does not look like a big problem if you follow the simple 'rinse and change' rules mentioned.
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Old 02-08-2005, 06:29 PM   #4
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thanks Tony, that makes me feel better.
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Old 02-08-2005, 07:14 PM   #5
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HI, Tammy!

We live in Miami and I have been here since 1962 and never have had any problems with this. You are more prone to have misquitto bites and sunburn than an encounter with these little jellyfish! If you do encounter anything that makes you itch, use ammonia to relive the itching. Just bring some along to have handy if necessary. Works great for misquitto bites also.
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Old 02-08-2005, 08:25 PM   #6
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.....are yop thinking of the "Red tide" it is a planktom bloom usually because of more food in the water.....stay way from seafood and you will be alright till it is gone for a week....geof kaye
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You should be okay in June. Your link is describing "baby" jellyfish. I grew up in St. Lucie County FL. We never swam in the ocean when there was baby jellies which was usually early spring and often too cold for swimming (except for the tourists). They are quite often in the water during the Easter vacation time so it just seems to be more of a problem than it really is. They do tend to stay in relatively small patches (in other words, walk a few yards up current from the jellies and it's usually no problem but I do remember a few years when we couldn't swim at all because of the jellies). They are even in the Indian River (tidal river) so don't think you are safe if you decide to swim there (and based on what the river was like when we lived down there, I wouldn't swim there anyway ).
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We live in Pinellas County (Clearwater, St. Pete) and except for the infrequent outbreaks of red tide there is nothing to worry about.
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Old 02-10-2005, 11:55 AM   #9
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Well, I have been to about ten different campgrounds allover the state in 2004, and never
heard anything about a problem with the water,
or something making you itch or ill.
That must be some old information & even then
I have lived here over 50 years and don't ever remember hearing about a problem!
Then again, I AM Blonde!
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