Lethal Bug lives in seawater and on marine creatures

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Lethal Bug lives in seawater and on marine creatures

Post by desleyhan » Tue Mar 27, 2007 2:47 pm

Extracted from Straits Times 25th Mar 2007

There are several thousand different types of flesh-eating bacteria known to scientists and doctors.

One of the most lethal, Vibrio, lives in warm seawater and on marine creatures such as crabs, prawns, clams and mussels.

The more common ones are Streptococcus, Clostridial and Staphylococcus.

Flesh-eating bugs cause necrotising fasciitis, which means the decaying of the skin.

The National Necrotising Fasciitis Foundation in the United States estimates that there are between 500 to 1,500 such cases a year.

In June 2001, national serviceman Chua Ya Ta (below) died of a very rare bacterial infection, which later led to a re-opened coroner's inquiry and a lawsuit against doctors and hospital.

The 23 yrs old died from streptococcal myositis, a viral infection so rare there have only been 21 cases over 85 years in the US.

Last September, a 10 yrs old girl also died from a flesh-eating baxcteria, although it is not clear what the bacteria was.

A coroner's inquiry will be conducted into Noni's death
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Also on the same page of the newspaper, is an 83 yrs old who died within 48 hrs of being pricked by a live mud crab from Indonesia which he was preparing for lunch.

My only advice to all is to use gloves or place cloth on fishes caught while taking off hooks. And always handle live prawns with care as not to have our hands pricked while using them as baits. You wouldn't know what'll happen. And if you are pricked with any sea creature on your fishing adventure, feeling feverish, having diarrhoea and vommiting ... See a doctor!

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Post by domvonn » Tue Mar 27, 2007 2:51 pm

good info sharing , appreciate this post! :thumbsup:
but shud not belong to life by the water imho ..hehehe
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Post by chanturtle » Tue Mar 27, 2007 5:57 pm

ohh i read this newspaper article before.... quite sad to see people get infected cause of sea related stuff........
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Post by Peace » Tue Mar 27, 2007 8:28 pm

Thanks for the heads up. I didn't follow the story but did the guy died from a bacterial or viral infection? The article is a little confusing. At least this should scare me from flipping rocks and digging for worms. :lol: I really should be more careful from now on. :)

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Post by desleyhan » Wed Mar 28, 2007 3:25 am

Peace wrote:Thanks for the heads up. I didn't follow the story but did the guy died from a bacterial or viral infection? The article is a little confusing. At least this should scare me from flipping rocks and digging for worms. :lol: I really should be more careful from now on. :)
Oh Yes he died ... 2 days after his arm was amputated

These calamaties can happen in our fishing community as well ... better be extra careful :nod:

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Post by redsnapper » Fri Mar 30, 2007 10:50 am

desleyhan wrote:
Peace wrote:Thanks for the heads up. I didn't follow the story but did the guy died from a bacterial or viral infection? The article is a little confusing. At least this should scare me from flipping rocks and digging for worms. :lol: I really should be more careful from now on. :)
Oh Yes he died ... 2 days after his arm was amputated

These calamaties can happen in our fishing community as well ... better be extra careful :nod:
Can't remember the number of times I was cut during fishing, so guess
must be pretty lucky not to had contract this infection. :shocked:

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Post by chanturtle » Sat Mar 31, 2007 4:18 pm

i think that as long as you are carefull and dun let anything sting or bite u, u should be ok.......
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Re: Lethal Bug lives in seawater and on marine creatures

Post by limfish » Sun Nov 28, 2010 10:37 pm

if u are bitten/stung use disinfectant/dettol sanitizer and bye bye germs
Urrrgh, no time to fish now~

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