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vibrio virus???

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is anyone out there concerned about the vibrio virus(flesh eating bacteria) in the gulf waters????
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Dude, it's a bacteria not a virus. It's been in the water and will be in the water for a long time.
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   shadrig
I keep a bottle of germ-x on the boat and in the boat bag. Scrub every nick, scratch and poke. If it gets inflamed and/or swollen, get to the doctor. Aside from staying off the water altogether, that's about all you can do. It's been around longer than we have and will be here long after we're gone.
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   Rat-Red37
Guess I should be but really am not. Try to clean up any open cuts when I get out. But other then that no.
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   JB
beast - dude, do you ever say or do anything POSITIVE?????? You gonna worry yourself into a stroke brother!
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   motorboat
Is a very intense poster. Hope he's not like that in real life.
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if you have a healthy immune system you are really not too likely to be affected. just take a good shower when you get home an use good soap. I fish and swim and get cuts every single weekend. Now if you have the flu... id just stay home lol!!
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I promise I wont get a stroke over this, was just trying to get some helpful info on vibrio to try to inform and help everyone out including myself! yes its been here a long time, but I think it would be stupid to try to ignore it!! seems like there are a lot more cases now, than there use to be?
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   JB
I hear ya. I would think there are more cases now because there are a TON more people fishing these days. Couple that with Social Media allowing nothing to be private or a secret anymore, and voila.....more stories.
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   Proud Pop
I remember growing up and my grandparents liveed on Lake Pontchartrain. Anytime I had a cut, scrape, or brush burn from playing sports, all the older people told me that swimming in the saltwater would help the healing and cleaning process. Always seemed to work well for us. I have never before kept cleaning solutions on my boat but it seems like an easy inexpensive thing to do as extra precaution. Anyone else used to use the local warm salt waters as a healing and cleaning aide? Stay safe!
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yes sir, I remember hearing the exact same thing! like you say not any more for sure!!!
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I understand what u are saying, maybe right don't know, wish I did!! but a lot of people that are getting it aren't fishing, just swimming, fooling with the fish, shellfish and oysters! just saying it sure is something we need to watch, take more precautions and learn about, because its not going away!!! I bet a lot of people never even heard of this bacteria?? I think they deserve to know!!!
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   Lordbud7
I've been running charters during the summer months in barataria bay where a friend contracted vibrio a few years ago. I keep bleach in the boat and if anyone gets a cut or poke that bleeds I put full strength bleach on it.
I tell them the little bit of burn is nothing compared to what could possibly happen. Better safe than sorry.
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exactly, better safe than sorry!!!thanks man, I appreciate the info a lot!!!!
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   Lordbud7
Some people dilute it with water but I use it full strength. I know bleach kills it. Not sure about alcohol. Also not sure about mixing the 2. (I know bleach and chlorine is a no no). Like I said Better safe than sorry.
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   shadrig
I'm no chemist, but I think bleach is chlorine (I could be wrong though). We keep a spray bottle of diluted bleach on the boat as well as germex, but don't use them both at once. I've read that 1 part bleach to 10 parts water was sufficient. We mix it a little stronger. And no, we don't use them every time someone gets nicked, but we're trying to get in the habit. Better safe than sorry.
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thanks man for your input!!! and yes bleach is like chlorine! I THINK IT DOESNT HAVE TO BE 100%, but it sure wouldn't hurt, just burn a little more. like yall say, better safe than sorry!!! now we getting somewhere with this post!! I knew other people cared too!!! this is a serious deal!!!
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   shadrig
I worked with a girl whose husband got it in his shoulder some years back. Not a boater or fisherman and they still have no idea how he got it. It took an extended hospital stay, IV antibiotics, several surgeries, skin grafts and a lot of care over a few months to cure it. He lost quite a bit of muscle tissue and skin from his shoulder and lower neck. I saw the wounds. Didn't make me paranoid, but it was enough to make me start changing some old habits.
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   Big Moroo
Friend in hospital now with Vibro. Contacted this past weekend on Grand Isle while picking up crab cage and got scratched from a broken wire. Swelling started on hand then moved upward very quickly. Hoping doctors caught it in time.
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What I wonder is vibro everywhere in the water or is it in little pockets here and there . Kinda like playing Russian Roulette . I wonder if they can test the water and come up with a number like 40 parts per million . ------Like Steven Segal once wrote on a toilet seat with lip stick ' anticipation of death is worst than death it's self
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that's a real good question! wish I knew the answer! I wouldn't even know who to call and ask? you know its kind of strange! if people see 30 great white sharks in the water they wont go swimming, because they mite kill them! but even if the same people know about the vibrio bacteria, which they cant see in the water, they will most likely go swimming anyway! I guess its because they cant actually see the danger!! human nature I guess???
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   Lordbud7
Sorry I said I was t sure about mixing bleach and chlorine. Still not sure. I definite know (which I meant to put earlier) is don't mix coke and chlorine. Neighbor when I was a kid blew his eye out his head doing that and almost killed himself in the process.
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bleach is like chlorine, but I wouldn't mix it together for sure!! one time I mixed 2 different brands of 3inch chlorine tablets together in a floating chlorine container in my pool, big mistake!!! about maybe a half hour later bam-boom!!! sounded like a 12 guage going off by your ear!! blew that chlorine container to pieces!! luckily, no-one was in the pool!!! just thought I would tell yall that story!
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I am no chemist and I am 'SURE' if I am wrong in this statement some one will set it straight : bleach is around 5% chlorine and 95% salt water , why salt water I don't have a clue , outdoor bleach is like 10% ----- chlorine tablets and granular is chlorine and calcium ------ I have read where bleach in the sun will lose it power after an hour , don't buy into that one
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   e-man (R)
Was in visiting my Doc Monday and we had a discussion about Vibrio. He has been in practice for over 20 years and has never seen a case of vibrio. He says that until last year he probably would have misdiagnosed a case of vibrio as some other type of infection, Last year he and his partners went to a week long CME class on flesh eating diseases.
His comments to me were . If you are in or near salt water and get an area of redness and / or swelling Go immediately to the closest ER and INSIST that they test for Vibrio.
Most docs have never seen a case of it so they may not know what they are looking at/for.
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Could this bacteria live in fresh water too? are their any cases knowned? or is it just a Brackish/saltwater thing?
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   rocknet
According to what I've been reading, it lives in warm salty water. I posted a news story a little further down here released by the Florida Public Health Dept.... read it. According to Florida, they had 11 deaths last year and 10 deaths so far this year, with 31 confirmed cases this year. Oh course, Florida has an immense amount of beach shoreline and millions of folks swimming each summer. The bacteria experts with the CDC say this bacteria will get worse as ocean temps. rise. I saw a person wrote in and stated that they noticed algae of all kinds in the waters in Florida the year after the BP spill and each year since.... had never seen this before. I wonder if all that cor-exit dispersent they sprayed in the gulf killed off a lot of the good bacteria, and now the bad stuff is unchecked. I reckon that is a question for the scientists to look at.
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you may be on to something about the dispersents killing good bacteria allowing the bad to grow, but we'll never know!! no one will ever admit to that for sure!!!
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...what I heard was it starts off in the warmest parts of the body as an itch and can lie dormant for months...most of you know the spot I'am talking about !!!...no cheers
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   rocknet
Admiral, you better watch out for that fromunder bacteria!!
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   Lordbud7
I literally LOLed at that last comment. Get some baby powder for that but MAKE SURE it's not medicated powder. Learned that the hard way.
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...the Long Ranger sez:...remember the soap commerical ???...there are thousands of cracks,crevices,wrinkles and valleys ???... cheers
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