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26yr old man dies after swimming near Crystal River



  • VertigoVertigo Posts: 617 Officer
    Quoted from the victim's mother:

    “When you work in landscaping, you are going to get nicks like that on your skin,” she said. “Nothing like a huge major wound. When he was a kid, he was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. It’s been in remission for 10 years, or so we thought.”

    Apparently a weak immune system was a contributor in this case.
  • Doc StressorDoc Stressor Posts: 2,790 Captain
    Bill, did the infection that you had last winter turn out to be M. marinum?

    There are all sorts of nasties in the marine enviroment in addition to vibrio. The initial wound treatment suggested for vibrio should work for all of them. They respond to different antibiotics though. So all wounds that become infected should be cultured ASAP.
  • capt louiecapt louie Posts: 10,936 Moderator
    sEA aRKER wrote: »
    got a small cut on my elbow I think from the boat (muddy,wet ,nasty) got enflamed in two days went to emergency room on 4th morning with a 104degree fever and was in o/room within about 30 mins. the Doc said if I had stayed home another day I probably would not have survived or at the least I would have lost my arm!

    There are some graphic pics at the end so beware..

    My brotherinlaw has a leg that looks like that on both sides. Only thing we could figure was from the carpet of his bass boat ? He came within 12 hours of dying . It was close.
    When I seen fitnast had a problem I knew it needed to be taken care of quick. Thank goodness it was.

    Bad stuff..


    Apologies for being graphic.
    "You'll get your weather"
  • sEA aRKERsEA aRKER Posts: 123 Deckhand
    found another picture, taken 3rd or 4th day after skin graft surgery, this was three weeks or so after the debriding surgeries were finished
  • ssgator80ssgator80 Posts: 9 Deckhand
    Wow - That is some scary stuff. Im a native of SE Fla and I have never worried about scraps or wounds in the water. Hell back in the 70's we gathered clams and oysters at Sebastian and constantly had cuts and scraps. We still spend a week in the Keys for lobster season. You should see what our arms and chest look like after a week of pulling those out of the rocks. Thanks to Doc, I realize that its not likely we would contract vibrio out there due likely to the salinity. I will be in CR for scallops this weekend and will take precautions but not terribly worried.
  • shaddart2004shaddart2004 Posts: 8 Greenhorn
    I got Myco twice up here in the Chesapeake from the infected stripers. I was sick from the bacteria and sick from the cure. Thankfully It didnt dig in deep and get me. Prayers go out to you guys dealing with the deep tissue stuff.I have become a big fan of the fish off glove.
  • relicshunterrelicshunter Posts: 605 Officer
    I got Mycobacterium Marinum 17 years ago from cutting my hand on a chunk of coral. It took months to get diagnosed as i got sicker and sicker. It is a fish disease and spreads around on the extremities and grows slow. We are a little hotter then it prefers to be. It made hard bumps running up my arm along the main vein and when it got to my torso it started making me lose my appetite and labored breathing. The Drs took samples and cultured them too warm and not long enough, so nothing grew. I finally researched myself and called a favor with a childhood friend that was a GP and forced the next culture to be treated differently. Finally get on antibiotics and started pulling around. Months of drugs and a couple years of feeling just a little weak like it was just waiting to come back. Mycobacteriums are hard to treat they are like a bacteria with fungus like characteristics.
    Be careful out there
  • shaddart2004shaddart2004 Posts: 8 Greenhorn
    That sounds like what is happening to my friend paul. Its slowly eating away his finger tips and he still hasnt gone to a doctor, dam fool. i keep tellin him.There is plenty of disease experts around.
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