Man says he contracted 'flesh-eating bacteria' after visiting Arizona splash pad

Posted at 9:58 PM, Jun 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-27 14:14:33-04

PEORIA, Ariz. (KNXV) - An Arizona man is speaking up to warn others after being diagnosed with flesh-eating bacteria after spending time at a splash pad.

Jonathan Daggett, of Glendale, Ariz., checked into Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center after visiting an area splash pad on Sunday, June 11.

However, Dr. Frank LoVecchio said it's hard to pinpoint where Daggett contracted the infection, but the temperature could have played a role.

"Unfortunately, as the heat goes up you're more likely to develop bacteria and bacterial growth," LoVecchio said.


Daggett wants others to be aware and understand how serious an infection like his can be.

"My message is pretty much, be careful with your kids. Investigate their body. Look and see if they have any cuts or wounds. It's not a joke. It's really serious," Daggett said.

As of Sunday, Daggett remained hospitalized and is still being treated for the issue.