Hi Guys/Gals. I have read a couple of threads about this and just thought I'd post this. I was watching the TV show "Monsters Inside Me" tonight and it had a story about a young girl in the US who contracted an infection. It concerns ALL of us. It's an infection that can be contracted from our fish/aquariums. It is extremely rare but still, I think we all should now about it. It's called Mycobacterium marinum.
It starts off a skin liaison(s) and can be very destructive to skin tissue and muscle and works it's way into the bone, which may require amputation. Now I am not trying to scare anyone, I just think we should all be aware of it. A simple skin test can detect it and it is relatively easy to treat with antibiotics. Because it's so rare, only 200 cases in the US since 1996, it is not commonly checked for by doctors. The most common way of catching it is putting your hand/arm in an aquarium with an open wound. If you think you may have it, get medical treatment straight away and don't rub your eyes. It can cause blindness. It is worth us all knowing about this, as we can ask the doc
to check for it!!!....Mods/Admin, this maybe worth making into a sticky??. Feel free to edit if needed....Ian
Here is a link to Wiki about it......
Mycobacterium marinum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia