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The Man's Skin.... #13262511 08/28/19 03:34 PM
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The East Coast and mostly Florida's inshore waters are having a very rough time with VIBRIO. Recently a Florida man that contracted the flesh eating bacteria has had 25% of his SKIN REMOVED. Not nice at all. This bacteria thrives in WARM waters, fresh and saltwater. I encourage you that have never heard of this Killer bacteria, to make sure you have NO open wounds,cuts,sores etc., before you venture into water. The Gulf Coast has it's share of victims also. Google is your best friend here. Stay safe and have a Great upcoming Labor Day Weekend coming soon.

BTW: Since Jan.1, 2019 to July 31st......143 cases of Vibrio have been reported. Shellfish is the main reason for people contracting Vibrio. Texas A&M has been studying vibrio in oysters for over 21 years. Oysters, more than any other shellfish, accumulate the bacteria in their tissue. Vibrio becomes a problem in bay waters bc of the salinity and temperature. The optimum temperature for the bacteria to grow is between 68-95 degrees F. Personally, I'd advise everyone to cook their shellfish....i.e. Nice fried oysters, not RAW.

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Re: The Man's Skin.... [Re: V-Bottom] #13262565 08/28/19 04:27 PM
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V-Bottom excellent post. I don't know about others, but I find it almost impossible to fish at the coast without a cut, sore, or open wound. If I don't have one when I start, I get one while I am fishing. This is a very serious issue. On one trip I got poked with a ribbonfish tooth and contracted cellutlitis (fortunately the non-flesh eating kind), but I ended up staying in the hospital for 4 days. If you get swelling, tissue loss, or a fever after fishing at the coast go to a doctor immediately. Early signs of Vibrio vulnificus can include watery diarrhea, stomach cramping, nausea, and vomiting. The infection has a mortality rate between 25% and 50%, or higher, if sepsis is allowed to establish. Most of the people die within the first 48 hours.

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Scary stuff!

Re: The Man's Skin.... [Re: V-Bottom] #13263104 08/28/19 11:58 PM
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Guy down the street from me got it on his leg. Had to quit work and dang near everything else. His boat hasn't moved from his driveway in years. It is not a pleasant thing to look at.


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Re: The Man's Skin.... [Re: V-Bottom] #13264422 08/30/19 01:45 AM
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I am guessing that this is no more than average in the past 30 or so years. It is just that with social media and forums like this, the excitement gets stoked a bit. Soak in epsom salts and see what happens?

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Originally Posted by texasflycaster
I am guessing that this is no more than average in the past 30 or so years. It is just that with social media and forums like this, the excitement gets stoked a bit. Soak in epsom salts and see what happens?
Wow. Why didn’t the scientist and doctors check with you first? laugh

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There is the problem. Too smart for me.

Re: The Man's Skin.... [Re: V-Bottom] #13270194 09/04/19 05:41 PM
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Doc told me (he is a fisherman as well) carry a small squeeze bottle of rubbing alcohol and super glue. If you cut yourself, and I mean a small poke or cut, then you pour alcohol on the wound and work it into the wound, should feel a good burn and the seal it with super glue. According to him the alcohol will kill the bacteria and the glue waterproof the wound.


I forgot to add to pinch the wound close before applying and you don't need much. Make sure you use the alcohol first! Really clean the wound with it, then seal it. This is a short term fix so you can keep wading/fishing whatever. Once you get home, take the glue off and take care of it with Neosporin and stuff.

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If you get near the water, touch a fish, touch your bait....anything....everyone in or on the water are exposed to vibrio every day every trip. If you have ever been your body has already fought off vibrio.

If you are a diabetic, alcoholic, or otherwise with a severely compromised immune system then you are too sickly to exposure yourself to the bay environment.

The bay is as clean or as dirty or as flushed or as polluted as it has ever been. Nothing to be more or less aware of there. There are consumption warnings that some people follow. And some old salty fisherman that have ignored those warnings for decades and are just as happy and healthy as ever.

I am a full time fishing and bay ducking hunting guide. I am on the water 230 to 300 days a year. There is never a day that i dont have a cut of some kind. I am exposed to vibrio in the water, on the bait, and on the fish daily. I get new knicks and pokes and cuts daily. Every trip. I get a fairly serious cut couple times a month.

Stay aware. I get home wiped out from a day and usually clean up and nap. I set my alarm for every hour and check myself for weird redness or swelling. Stay aware and react aggressively and immediately and any vibrio exposure is very easily treatable. Wait till tomorrow to see how your redness and swelling does and yes you are in trouble.

So its not the fishing trip and exposure that puts you in danger. Its the lack of action.

Go fish! Its your coast. The scare and fear tactics are just that.... educate yourself and go enjoy.

You cannot wash it off with clorox or hibiclens or alcohol fast enough. If it touches an open wound or bruised skin it is in you and will be up to your bodies immune system to fight it off.

Re: The Man's Skin.... [Re: V-Bottom] #13275853 09/10/19 01:54 AM
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Just because you get cut by something with that bacteria on it doesn't mean you are instantly infected and it is in your blood stream so nothing you can do but hope your immunity is good enough. Bacteria doesn't work that way. It has to multiply and it needs a suitable environment to do so. So disinfecting the wound immediately and protecting it is smarter then watching it and crossing your fingers. By the time the wound is infected it is already to late.

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