I'm a bit sceert to go ........ had a kidney transplant 7 yrs ago, so am immune supressed........ the last thing I need to to get into some of that. Not to sure weather to chance it or not..........and now the blue bite is on
State to investigate mysterious fisherman infection
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Health officials have launched an investigation to unravel the source of a mysterious bacterial infection that has afflicted commercial fishermen and swimmers in recent months.
Florida's and Volusia County's health departments say the fishermen are most likely catching the infection through person-to-person contact, and are downplaying any role the ocean might play in the spread of the disease.
The infection is known as MRSA- What is it?
> Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus is a bacteria commonly carried on the skin or in the nose of healthy people and is resistant to the class of antibiotics frequently used to treat it.
> MRSA can be spread among people having close contact with infected people. It almost always is spread by direct physical contact and not through the air. Spread also may occur through indirect contact by touching towels, sheets, wound dressings, clothes, workout areas, or sports equipment contaminated by the infected skin of a person with staph bacteria.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, and causes painful and contagious crater-like lesions that start as small blisters and can expand to the size of silver dollars within days. On Monday, an inmate at the Brevard County Detention Center in Sharpes was placed in a medical quarantine after being diagnosed with MRSA. The infected inmate has been at the county jail for six months. It is not clear how the 33-year-old got the disease.
Meanwhile, about 16 people, mostly Port Orange commercial fishermen, have been hospitalized with the infection in Volusia County, according to doctors, commercial fishermen, fleet owners and others.
The bacterial infection also appears to have infected commercial fishermen on the Gulf Coast, and in the Bahamas and Key West, said Bob Jones, executive director of Southeast Fisheries Association, a Tallahassee-based group that represents fishermen in six states.
Bacterial infections are common among commercial fishermen and others who handle fish.
"It certainly doesn't look like a public-health hazard at this point, and it doesn't look like this is coming from the ocean," said Dr. Howard Rodenberg, who heads the Volusia health department.
Dr. Heidar Hesmati, director of the Brevard County Health Department said MRSA is common and routinely reported in nursing homes or jails.
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