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If you want your health to be shipshape this summer — you should be aware of the dangerous germs you could be exposed to at the beach.

As oceans begin heating up during the summer months, the water can become a breeding ground for an array of nasty diseases.

Last week, a South Carolina man found that out the hard way after stepping on a seashell and getting a bad infection in his foot, according to ABC News4. After a visit to the emergency room, docs determined he had been infected with vibrio — a potentially deadly bacteria.

But that’s not the only germ lurking in the salt and sand. Gizmodo shared the following pathogens you’ll want to steer clear of as the weather gets warmer.

There are about a dozen types of vibrio bacteria that can cause an illness in people called vibriosis. The bacteria lives in coastal waters and becomes more prevalent between May and October when the temperature climbs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If the bacteria enters the body through an open wound, it can cause a flesh-eating infection. People can also get sick from vibrio found in raw shellfish, and the bacteria took the lives of one New Yorker and two Connecticut residents last summer. Symptoms can include diarrhea, stomach cramps, vomiting, fever and chills.

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