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    A Warning - Virginia woman contracts flesh-eating infection

    Virginia woman contracts flesh-eating infection, has emergency surgery after 10 minutes swimming at local beach

    https://www.foxnews.com/health/virgi...at-local-beach

    By Brie Stimson | Fox News

    More flesh-eating bacteria cases reported in Florida

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    Although the infection is not very common, scientists expect more cases to be reported as the weather gets hotter as the bacteria flourishes in warm water.

    A Virginia woman who contracted a flesh-eating staph infection that spread through her leg after just 10 minutes in the water, had to have emergency surgery days later, according to reports.

    Edwards had been at Norfolk’s Ocean View Beach last week with friends when she noticed the infection spreading. She told WTKR she ignored it for a couple of days until she couldn’t walk anymore.

    Finally, she went to the hospital for emergency surgery. “They had to cut me open, drain it out and stuff it with some gauze. I had to keep it covered for days. I had to take three antibodies every six hours.”

    She said doctors told her the infection may have spread through an open cut in her leg. WTKR reported there was a swimming advisory when Edwards was at the beach due to increased bacteria in the water.

    “I was just like, 'Oh, my goodness my leg is gonna fall off,'" Amanda Edwards told WTKR. “That’s the only thing I could keep thinking.”
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    That stuff looks like it could eat the loop right off your detector!! What next? oh yea.... Great Whites are hanging around Cape Cod. You don't have to worry cuz they won't mess with ya if your packin a CZ21. Right Casper

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    That is scary for sure.....
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    Honey... I'm talking the bee barf kind...

    I constantly have wounds or scabs from, my beaking birds, yard work,
    house work, boat work, projects, basically making my world run.....
    HONEY, I've found, is one of the quickest healers you can use.

    I keep an empty jar (that usually has a little in the bottom) for wound applications.
    As soon as I get an open wound, I wash it & apply a small amount of honey, cover it with a band-aid, & go about my day. Usually 12 hours is enough to close the wound.

    A dear friend, years ago, passed from blood sepsis from diabetes complications.
    She had turned antibiotic resistant, BUT, toward the end, the hospital started applying honey to her wounds, and they actually started healing!
    They should have been doing that, all along....

    Make sure you keep your tetanus shot up to date and keep an eye on ANY open wounds, for signs of infection.

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    Wow, guess no swimming while detecting for me. I actually stopped that a while back as I figured someone would try to toss me back in as a beached whale. Sorry to see what she went through and makes you wonder if it was nature our something we helped come to be. Pat-tekker-cat, I have heard of honey being a great cover for wounds and its' antiseptic qualities. Neat to have something that tastes good can really help if you cut yourself too.

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    The mortality rate for Vibrio infections, is about 30% at 48 hours. The only treatment is massive dosages of antibiotics. Amputations are common. The watermen (commercial fishermen) around here pour bleach on their hands and anywhere they have a scratch or cut, but the CDC recommends soap and water. When I take folks out fossil hunting along the Chesapeake Bay, I encourage them to shower as soon as we get back. Infections are both more common and deadly for those over about 60 and those with compromised immune systems.

    We had a sculptor who carved large driftwood on our beach and he had a habit of washing the scratches and cuts from his tools in the Bay. He nearly lost his life to Vibrio as a result. His treatments were a success but he spent weeks in the hospital and it was touch and go there.
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    I’ll be a whole lot more aware of cuts and scratches before I go out next time. Honey is a good tip. Will have to try it, thanks.


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    Don't worry, the STD i got from my wife attacked my bank account only. The emergency surgery didn't help.
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    when in the miami beach area i ran into a fellow MD on dry sand i was in the water came out to talk to him said he would never get in the water again said he almost lost his leg to the flesh eating bacteria

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    5th case I believe. Coqunia, turtle, Manasota and a couple in destin. But I’ve seen som charts that show a lot lot more in the upper gulf...Mississippi...Alabama area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dewcon4414 View Post
    5th case I believe. Coqunia, turtle, Manasota and a couple in destin. But I’ve seen som charts that show a lot lot more in the upper gulf...Mississippi...Alabama area.
    Manasota! Now you've got my attention. Bad enough the red tide burns your lungs out. Now one can get eaten alive.! ...... or shark nibbled to death. Maybe take the ole detector over to Sharkys and drink beer all day...... or stay up north and maybe just get hit with a stray bullet.. <grin>
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    A Warning - Virginia woman contracts flesh-eating infection

    Been in ocean two days straight with a minor cut from snorkeling. I can’t trash the whole vacation for something minor. Just play the odds! I did keep it out of the water in the boats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mudflap View Post
    That stuff looks like it could eat the loop right off your detector!! What next? oh yea.... Great Whites are hanging around Cape Cod. You don't have to worry cuz they won't mess with ya if your packin a CZ21. Right Casper
    I was out there with them and I was bleeding and I was swimming with some seals and I was wearing my black dive jacket
    gave them the chance to get me - they weren't interested
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mudflap View Post
    Manasota! Now you've got my attention. Bad enough the red tide burns your lungs out. Now one can get eaten alive.! ...... or shark nibbled to death. Maybe take the ole detector over to Sharkys and drink beer all day...... or stay up north and maybe just get hit with a stray bullet.. <grin>
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