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Toddler catches bacterial infections after birthday beach day in Key Biscayne, mom says

Three-year-old Aaliyah Casola was hospitalized after catching two bacterial infections at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne, her mom says.
Three-year-old Aaliyah Casola was hospitalized after catching two bacterial infections at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne, her mom says. Courtesy of Anais Monteagudo

A toddler was hospitalized after catching two bacterial infections at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne, her mother said.

It was 3-year-old Aaliyah Casola’s birthday celebration at the beach last weekend when the girl caught two infections — impetigo and cellulitis.

“The next day I noticed she had redness under her lip but I didn’t think anything of it,” the girl’s mother, Anais Monteagudo, told the Miami Herald Saturday. “It got considerably worse as the days passed; the redness turned into blisters, and they kept growing on her body. That’s when I took her to the hospital.”

Monteagudo said a doctor told her “many people have come in from Key Biscayne with the same issues.”

Miami-Dade County records show the beach had been closed for high feces levels before reopening just days before the toddler’s beach bash.

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Three-year-old Aaliyah Casola was hospitalized after catching two bacterial infections at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne, her mom says. Courtesy of Anais Monteagudo

Florida Department of Health records show that Crandon Beach South, Crandon Beach North and Golden Beach were under a no swimming advisory after water samples showed high levels of fecal bacteria.

“This is insane! They charge 8 dollars for parking per car,” Monteagudo posted on Facebook. “Where is that money going if it’s not making sure the beaches are clean?

Monteagudo said her child was at the beach for about two hours and that there were no signs warning the public about possible risks.

“She’s now in pain and most likely getting scars all over her little hands and her chin because of this,” she wrote.

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Three-year-old Aaliyah Casola was hospitalized after catching two bacterial infections at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne, her mom says. Courtesy of Anais Monteagudo

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