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Skin disease in Volusia County doesn’t appear to come from ocean

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Painful skin lesions that 10 commercial fishermen in Volusia County have contracted did not come from infected fish, narrowing the possibility that the infection came from the ocean, according to preliminary pathological tests.

The tests of two grouper with skin lesions didn’t match the organism believed to have caused the infections in the deep-sea fishermen.

The fish posed no threat to human health, said Dr. Craig Harms of the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, who tested the two snowy grouper caught by the fishermen about 200 miles offshore.

“We didn’t find anything that would support a link between the fish and the fishermen,” Harms said.

Harms found four types of bacteria on the fish, all of them bacteria normally found on marine organisms and none related to the methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as MRSA, which caused the fishermen’s lesions.

The fishermen had worried their disease could have come from the ocean.
The antibiotic-resistant staph infections are becoming more common worldwide and are easily spread. Local health officials have maintained the infections among local swimmers and fishermen were most likely spread from person to person, and did not come from the ocean.

Officials with the Florida and Volusia County departments of public health have launched investigations into the infections reported by the fishermen.

- Associated Press
 

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This should be great news for Beachbums . Lets hit the surf soon!!!:D
 
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