Careful when wading!

JuaneoJuaneo Posts: 3 Greenhorn
Just read this and thought I'd post it as I'll be surf fishing when I move down there.


http://rightalerts.com/florida-man-goes-bait-fishing-at-edge-of-lagoon-two-days-later-hes-fighting-for-his-life/

Be safe people!

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  • SizuperSizuper Posts: 287 Deckhand
    While flesh-eating bacteria are real and very dangerous (though rare), this is a known fake news site and everything about the way this story is presented shouts "hoax".
  • Doc StressorDoc Stressor Homosassa, FLPosts: 2,053 Captain
    That's not a hoax, but it happened last year:

    http://archive.tcpalm.com/news/indian-river-lagoon/health/melbourne-man-nearly-died-from-vibrio-bacteria-infection-after-indian-river-lagoon-water-dripped-on-cut--380136951.html

    There were 46 documented infections and 10 deaths last year.

    http://www.floridahealth.gov/%5C/diseases-and-conditions/vibrio-infections/vibrio-vulnificus/index.html

    Most people that get serious infections are immunosuppressed from diseases such as diabetes or from chemotherapy.
  • SizuperSizuper Posts: 287 Deckhand
    That's not a hoax, but it happened last year:

    http://archive.tcpalm.com/news/indian-river-lagoon/health/melbourne-man-nearly-died-from-vibrio-bacteria-infection-after-indian-river-lagoon-water-dripped-on-cut--380136951.html

    There were 46 documented infections and 10 deaths last year.

    http://www.floridahealth.gov/%5C/diseases-and-conditions/vibrio-infections/vibrio-vulnificus/index.html

    Most people that get serious infections are immunosuppressed from diseases such as diabetes or from chemotherapy.

    If that particular story isn't a hoax, then that's the worst presentation of a news story I've ever seen. :)
  • fishdishfishdish Posts: 1,157 Officer
    Vibrio is no joke. If you have any health issues and have any kind of open wounds, knicks or scratches stay out of the water. Most healthy people won't have an issue but I don't take any chances. Always carry peroxide, iodine and neosporin just in case.
  • Westwall01Westwall01 Posts: 4,405 Captain
    This actually happened to someone I know in Charlotte Harbor two years ago.
  • DOCKSIDEDOCKSIDE Posts: 1,672 Captain
    One case happened in Crystal river last year.
    somewhere south of disorder and on earth... mostly .
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  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski GrovelandPosts: 6,778 Admiral
    we also keep iodine on the boat along with peroxide when we go scalloping. Better safe than sorry. An ounce of prevention.....
    People use statistics the way a drunk uses a street light, for support rather than illumination.
  • GoinCommandoGoinCommando Posts: 12 Greenhorn
    Funny, just asked a speaker from the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program this question this evening. She said that most deaths do occur in those who are immunocompromised. Most people would get sick, but not die. But it is medicine, so always be careful. On a side note I asked about Puffers North of Palm Beach County and she said they are still on the do not eat list. Apparently they eat algae from the blooms and carry the disease throughout their lifetime. No Bueno!
  • aberkiaberki Posts: 28 Greenhorn
    Everything I read is that Vibrio thrives in warm brackish water - like the Indian River Lagoon in this case. Does anyone know if the risk for exposure to Vibrio is reduced in the open ocean, either the Atlantic side or Gulf side? I have often heard that saltwater actually heals open wounds "faster" however this may all be an old wives tale. Also, when I surf fish for a week straight in Fla. I can't tell you how many small open cuts I get on my hands just from handling so many fish, bait, cleaning fish etc....and they are in the water every day.
  • BskyBsky Posts: 71 Deckhand
    aberki wrote: »
    Everything I read is that Vibrio thrives in warm brackish water - like the Indian River Lagoon in this case. Does anyone know if the risk for exposure to Vibrio is reduced in the open ocean, either the Atlantic side or Gulf side? I have often heard that saltwater actually heals open wounds "faster" however this may all be an old wives tale. Also, when I surf fish for a week straight in Fla. I can't tell you how many small open cuts I get on my hands just from handling so many fish, bait, cleaning fish etc....and they are in the water every day.

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