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Old 07-02-2019, 09:30 AM   #1
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Old 07-02-2019, 10:19 AM   #2
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Wow! These stories sure scare me. I grew up here in Pensacola & have spent a lot if time in the Gulf for the past 50 years and never heard about things like this until a few years ago. I also spent a lot of time in Bayou Texar & Bayou Grande waterskiing and never got sick. I wonder what is going on. Has this bacteria always been in the water?
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I keep a bottle of alcohol gel in my fish bag. Use it all day. Red snappers tore my hands up this past weekend and catfish usually scratch me on the beach.
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While in Memphis this past weekend my family was asking me about this subject. I told them it happens a few times a year in our area but probably safer than walking down Memphis streets. Friday 10 people shot in 16 hours !!
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Yeah, I have a friend who just had a brush with this. He owns a local watersports company and contracted the infection. He caught it early and they were able to prevent the spread and major damage.

I'm in the water all the time and I've never really considered contracting this until my buddy got it. Spearfishing, we are in the water for hours at a time...

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Yeah, I have a friend who just had a brush with this. He owns a local watersports company and contracted the infection. He caught it early and they were able to prevent the spread and major damage.

I'm in the water all the time and I've never really considered contracting this until my buddy got it. Spearfishing, we are in the water for hours at a time...

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I think I know who you are talking about. He didn't even get in the water and still got it.
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That's the one.

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News this morning said a lady just died/ Just 2 weeks after being in the water in/near St. Pete after she fell and cut (small) her leg on the beach, contracting the deadly flesh eating disease.
Dang stuff is nasty bad.
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I got Vibrio in my elbow when I slipped and got cut by a barnacle on the ramp at Shoreline park 4 years ago (July 4th actually!). I went straight to the GB hospital ER and when they were cleaning it out I mentioned to the nurse that I was worried about getting Vibrio. He said, "Everyone worries about that but no one ever gets it ...". I went straight onto antibiotics but that didn't even slow it down. Within 24 hours I had a fever and spreading infection. Went the ER in Bham the day after and I ended up spending 8 days in the hospital on the most powerful IV antibiotics. They said that if I had waited a few more hours I would have lost my arm and if I waited another day I would have probably died. I was 50 years old and in overall good health. Take this stuff seriously!
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Wow! These stories sure scare me. I grew up here in Pensacola & have spent a lot if time in the Gulf for the past 50 years and never heard about things like this until a few years ago. I also spent a lot of time in Bayou Texar & Bayou Grande waterskiing and never got sick. I wonder what is going on. Has this bacteria always been in the water?
50 years ago you didn't have social media to spread every story at the speed of light. Vibrio has always been around. Some seasons it's worse than others, like any bacteria can be. But it's true, you need to take infected wounds seriously, especially around water.
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