Good Day Alabama: June 17, 2015 - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Get outdoors: June is National Camping Month

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JEH JEH LIVE - June is National Camping Month! According to the Adventure Travel Report published by the Travel Industry Association of America, approximately 1 in 5 Americans have gone camping and this year more than 22 million will go RVing. Jeh Jeh checks out the latest options in RVs this morning. A family of four can save 27-to-62% when it travels in its RV. You can bring all the comforts of home including the family pet. RVs include a kitchen to prepare your favorite meals and healthy snacks. Many also include room to pack plenty of clothes and sports equipment without any extra baggage charges.

ZOO CREW - Mickey visits with Kiki Nolen-Schmidt from the Birmingham Zoo to learn more about the Wild Slide. For more information, visit birminghamzoo.com

FLESH EATING BACTERIA - Dr. Ed Khan with the Jefferson County Health Department joined us to discuss how real the threat is for you swimming in gulf waters which contain a "flesh-eating" bacteria. Dr. Khan says the vibrio bacteria thrives at warm salt water temperatures like at the beach in the summer. It can enter through broken skin, even as insignificant as mosquito bites, or through oral ingestion, especially eating raw shellfish such as oysters. People with liver disease are very prone to infection and disease. The bacteria enters through the broken skin or ingestion, and then gets into the blood and goes to the skin. It is not a "flesh eating bacteria" in the strictest sense, like strep for staph infections can be, but it often does spread to the skin. The infection is commonly found throughout the gulf coast in the summer, Florida, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, and has also been found in Maryland. There is usually an increase in the summer months, probably due to beach activity. We have not seen any cases in Alabama yet this year, although there have been cases in Florida.

THE PRESIDENT'S SHADOW - Following The Inner Circle and The Fifth Assassin, #1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer's third Culper Ring thriller, THE PRESIDENT'S SHADOW delves into little-known parts of American history to reveal government cover-ups, secret military locations, and the key to national archivist Beecher White's father's untimely death while in the navy special unit called the Plankholders. With his signature fast-paced, suspense-filled storytelling and incredible historical research, Meltzer will surprise even his cleverest readers with what Beecher discovers. For more information, visit BradMeltzer.com.

GAMES & GADGETS - Spring into summer with the hottest games and gadgets being introduced at E3! Syndicated Technology Journalist and Author Marc Saltzman shows us what he discovered! E3 is the world's premier trade show for computer, video and mobile games and related products. So whether you vacation away or stay home and play, Marc has the game or gadget that will make your day! Marc previewed the latest in games/gadgets including:

• The all new Skylanders SuperChargers - now the # 1 kids' franchise worldwide

• Guitar Hero Live continues to electrify the gaming world with its newest hit

• The epic, high-octane action continues with Rise of the Tomb Raider

• The latest in mobile smart phones with gaming and movie features

• New home/entertainment remote that does it all

ASK THE DOCTOR - Dr. Peily Soong with Children's of Alabama joined us to take viewer questions about children's health. He also discussed lesser known facts about car seats. General guidelines - kids should stay rear facing until age 2, they can't be in a booster until at least age 4, they should ride in a booster until they're 4'9" tall and between 8- and 12-years-old, and cannot ride in the front seat until age13. Car seats have expiration dates. Usually expire about 5-9 years after the manufacture date - not the purchase date. Car seats involved in a severe accident should not be reused. Car seats involved in car accidents where the car needed to be towed, air bags deployed, or if the door nearest the car seat was damaged should not be reused. There is a weight limit on using the LATCH system on car seats. In general when using the LATCH system, the weight of the car seat with the child should not be more than 65lbs.

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, Jeh Jeh checks out music, dancing, and some great shopping at the Woodlawn Street Market! Miss Alabama joins us before she heads off to compete for an even bigger title! Our Hollywood publicist joins us with the scoop on your favorite celebrities! In Our House we check out some great gift ideas for dad! And we introduce you to our Pet of the Week! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!

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