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Old 07-18-2013, 08:17 AM   #1
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Default Galveston area flesh eating bacteria...

I have been in working along the coast this week and hearing some horrible stories!

I've heard first hand from people who have recently known people that have had to have amputations and many that have had family members that have died within days of contact with Galveston area waters.

One woman I spoke to yesterday lost her husband this Monday after he had only been splashed while fishing in a boat near Texas City Dyke.

Another is in critical condition after swimming off Crystal Beach.

Most disturbing was a young mother that was pregnant, came in contact with the water, then had to have the baby taken from her and have four limbs amputated.

All of these cases went severe within days of contact.


What is going on???

I fished off Bolivar all summer last year and didnt hear this.

Have any of you heard anything?
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:27 AM   #2
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:29 AM   #3
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I think those stories are a bit extreme, I would love to see links to news stories.

There IS a bacteria in the gulf waters that can make you very ill and can lead to amputations and death if not treated promptly. It is all over the gulf, not just in Texas. In fact, most of the reports of it have been in Louisiana this year.

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?se...rld&id=9163809

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-te...ns-4648669.php

http://www.businessinsider.com/flesh...-mexico-2013-7

The person who died after being splashed while fishing was an 83 year old guy from Houma, LA.

You pretty much have to have an open wound, swim in the bacteria, then not clean the area in order for infection to set in.
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:38 AM   #4
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I think those stories are a bit extreme, I would love to see links to news stories.

There IS a bacteria in the gulf waters that can make you very ill and can lead to amputations and death if not treated promptly. It is all over the gulf, not just in Texas. In fact, most of the reports of it have been in Louisiana this year.

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?se...rld&id=9163809

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-te...ns-4648669.php

http://www.businessinsider.com/flesh...-mexico-2013-7

The person who died after being splashed while fishing was an 83 year old guy from Houma, LA.

You pretty much have to have an open wound, swim in the bacteria, then not clean the area in order for infection to set in.
I dont know that is all 100% correct. I have read a lot of stories and it did not make a bit of difference how old you were or if you cleaned it or not. There is a young man here on TBH that survived it because his friend/brother or someone took him the ER as soon as he seen it after learning about Vibro. I would not discount this bacteria to only attacking the old. Been wrong manytimes before could be now. If you have any type of open wound in your skin be it a scratch, hang nail, pimple on your *** i would be careful in the salt in warm months.
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:03 AM   #5
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I just got back on Monday. Still got all my flesh. Lucky I guess
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:15 AM   #6
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Bleach on all cuts and pokes is what I do after every fishing trip. Don't know how good it would do on vibro but makes me feel better. ..well at least after its done burning!
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:16 AM   #7
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Years ago one of the top dogs for Brown & Root out at Shell died within 2 days of getting it in Galveston.
But it's my understanding that it only gets that bad in people with a compromised immune system,
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:19 AM   #8
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Dang, We're headed down there tomorrow! Hopefully we don't get our flesh eaten off as a result. I would call that a disappointing vacation.
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:24 AM   #9
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Add a small spray bottle of diluted bleach, peroxide to your box this time of year. Vibrio is no joke. I have never been able to comfortably fish with gloves and Sat. was catching reds all morning. After handling so many fish I managed three good cuts on my hands. A little bleach on each one at least gave me peace of mind.
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:37 AM   #10
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Bad stuff for sure....open wounds/cuts and scrapes are bad news nowdays .
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:56 AM   #11
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I just got back on Monday. Still got all my flesh. Lucky I guess
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:18 AM   #12
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Just got back on Tuesday and so far so good.
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:30 AM   #13
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The mother of a woman at our church became infected and died a few days later last summer after a trip to Galveston. Found out about it from an elder on our drive down to Galveston for an afternoon at the beach followed by a 12 hr party boat trip with my youth group. Almost sounds like the beginning of a joke, but I didn't think it was very funny...
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Old 07-18-2013, 11:02 AM   #14
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The mother of a woman at our church became infected and died a few days later last summer after a trip to Galveston. Found out about it from an elder on our drive down to Galveston for an afternoon at the beach followed by a 12 hr party boat trip with my youth group. Almost sounds like the beginning of a joke, but I didn't think it was very funny...
Yes, She worked for the school district in Huntington.
A week or so after she passed away I got Flesh eating bacteria myself BUT I never went to the beach. I have no idea how I got it. it was in a staph looking boil (also had staph). it hurt very bad and was on my lower back. I never go to doctors, but did and after a few weeks of very hard core antibiotics I got over it. It SUCKED. I was pretty much bed ridden for a month as I didn't want to go outside and get sweaty and have it spread. It really did scare me. Thank the good Lord I made a recovery.
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Old 07-18-2013, 11:07 AM   #15
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I've been told by a couple of doctors that Hibiclens is a much better option than peroxide or bleach. Some say peroxide or bleach will do nothing to kill the bacteria.
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Old 07-18-2013, 11:29 AM   #16
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I know a guy that lost his arm to the flesh eating bacteria years ago. He was fishing in the gulf and got poked in the hand with one of the spines on a small fishes back as he was trying to get the hook out of its mouth.
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Old 07-18-2013, 11:37 AM   #17
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Make me sqeemish. Yaknow we never get stuck by hardheads.
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Old 07-18-2013, 12:02 PM   #18
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I've been told by a couple of doctors that Hibiclens is a much better option than peroxide or bleach. Some say peroxide or bleach will do nothing to kill the bacteria.
yep, I had to clean whole body with hibiclens 3 to 4 days a week for a couple months after I got the infection. I would take a shower, get out, rub down with hiboclens, wait 5 minutes, get back in the shower and rinse it off.
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Old 07-18-2013, 12:55 PM   #19
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Hypocleanse!!

I keep this stuff in the boat just in case. Apparently alchol and hydrogen peroxide dont kill it?

I dunno. I thought whisky kills everything
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:40 PM   #20
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Those who recommended bleach are absolutely correct. Vibrio vulnificans is a bad bug usually found in brackish water near the gulf. It can gain entry through cuts or any break in the skin. If you are relatively young and healthy you are most likely not going to get an invasive infection. Vibrio usually gets bad in older people and those with poor immune systems, or liver disease (ESP alcoholics). I have seen some very bad cases involving loss of limbs. It is treatable with common antibiotics but must be caught quick.
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:44 PM   #21
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Vibrio has always been in the water. All these, "I heard so and so that knows so and so...." stories are rumors and speculation. Like most things, people blow it way out of proportion. Bottom line is wash after being in the water and if you have open wounds, spray them with anti- bacterial solution after exposure. If you're an old fart or have a compromised immune system, consider your options.
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:54 PM   #22
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Like Big Thicket Boy stated a lot of people with Immune system problems need to be very careful diabetics,HIV or Hepatitis, cuts scrapes

A you teenage girl swimming over in Mississippi in a river late last year lost all her limps due to Fibro

Be sure you are feeling good and healthy
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Old 07-18-2013, 07:30 PM   #23
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Its not just in salt water, last year my sister in-law got flesh eating bacteria while working in her flower beds in Mont Belvieu. This year my mom and dads neighbor got it while running noodles on lake Houston. He got scratched on the finger from one of the catfish earlier in the day and later that night he started burning up with fever and his hand started swelling like crazy. His wife lanced where the swelling started and washed it out with bleach then rushed him to the emergency room. Doctor said that wasn't the best thing to do but it probably saved him from loosing his arm.
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Old 07-18-2013, 07:33 PM   #24
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I think those stories are a bit extreme, I would love to see links to news stories.

There IS a bacteria in the gulf waters that can make you very ill and can lead to amputations and death if not treated promptly. It is all over the gulf, not just in Texas. In fact, most of the reports of it have been in Louisiana this year.

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?se...rld&id=9163809

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-te...ns-4648669.php

http://www.businessinsider.com/flesh...-mexico-2013-7

The person who died after being splashed while fishing was an 83 year old guy from Houma, LA.

You pretty much have to have an open wound, swim in the bacteria, then not clean the area in order for infection to set in.

Don't which person you are talking about, but the lady I met Wednesday burried her husband near Pasedena this Monday.
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:16 PM   #25
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A guy I know and used to fish with was fishing off the north jetty/Galveston at the boat cut. He slipped and scraped his ankle on some barnacles. Didn't think anything about it... that night his ankle started burning like fire. His wife put some ointment on it. Next morning, he went to the emergency room, and they took him to surgery right away after a quick blood test. He woke up that afternoon with his leg gone from the knee down... This all happened in less than 48 hours. They told him if he hadn't gotten to the hospital when he did, he'd have likely died within another 24 hours.... This was probably 15 years ago... It does seem it's been around a LONG time, but it also seems to be more common now-a-days... I now wade in early spring and late fall/winter only... I understand the bacteria can only exist in water that is pretty warm and better in stagnant or low oxygen water... The Bolivar pocket has been famous for this stuff for years. Ain't no way I'd wade there now. Used to be one of my favorite places to wade fish...
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:35 AM   #26
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I fished the pocket all last summer with my son along. Not anymore!

Slick, I think I'll go to your schedule.
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Old 07-19-2013, 08:00 AM   #27
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I carry bleach and peroxide in my boat and use it on cuts and scratches . I've always heard that the bacteria is more prevalent in the back bays where the water flow is very weak. I too have heard that folks with comprimised immune systems are more likely to get it than others. It pays to be careful these days for sure.
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Old 07-20-2013, 05:43 PM   #28
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I carry bleach and peroxide in my boat and use it on cuts and scratches . I've always heard that the bacteria is more prevalent in the back bays where the water flow is very weak. I too have heard that folks with comprimised immune systems are more likely to get it than others. It pays to be careful these days for sure.
I have heard that those dont work.hypocleanse us supposed to be the key. I dunno. Wondering if there is any truth to this. I would think bleach would kill anything
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Old 07-20-2013, 06:02 PM   #29
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Vibrio has always been in the water. All these, "I heard so and so that knows so and so...." stories are rumors and speculation. Like most things, people blow it way out of proportion. Bottom line is wash after being in the water and if you have open wounds, spray them with anti- bacterial solution after exposure. If you're an old fart or have a compromised immune system, consider your options.

I take it you have never had it. Take it from a healthy 30 yr old with zero health issues that has not been in salt water in 5 years and got it. that guy ME. This stuff is NOTHING TO LAUGH AT. it is bad news, cost me multiple doctor visits and very near a lengthy stay in the hospital. it can get out of control in hours, not days. mine was on my back and to this day have no clue how I got it, but it was sho nuff painful and scary
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