Vibrio vulnificus facts
An average of 50 people along our Texas Coast contract this serious infection caused by this bacteria.At risk people include those w/ a liver disease, diabetes, cancer, iron overload disease,stomach disorders, or a weak immune system.
You can avoid this illness by not eating raw oysters, handling oyster shells and not swimming or wade fishing. Eat only cooked shellfish and never go in water if you have sores or wounds.
Infections in high-risk people have a 50% fatality rate. Symtoms occur within 24-48 hours, and may include fever, chills, blistering skin lesions, stomach pain,nausea,vomiting,diarrhea, and shock
Necrotizing fasiitis, a deadly skin infection, can develope as a result of a skin scratch from a seafood part, such as a fish fin,shrimp spine,or crab leg.Surgical debridement of wounds is often required and occasionally amputation is necessary.
Vibrio, a bacteria, is not the result of pollution and does not change the appearance, taste, or odor of shellfish. More than 85% of the infections occur between May and October when the water levels are higher due to warmer water temps. RESTAURANT and STORE bought oysters have the same contamination rates as individual harvesting.
Many of us, anglers, having any of these high risk conditions, should stay off-shore OR not wade at all. I'm staying in my boat! Handle fish w/ gloves. IF you suffer a cut or scratch while fishiong, wash it immediately w/ soap and water or carry some Betadine.
Treat these bacteria w/ respect of a bull shark. If you have the slightest suspicion of this infection, please contact medical help asap.
I hope this thread has been some assistance to you. Be safe guys and gals.......children too..