Fisherman Contracts Flesh Eating Bacteria

When fishing in the Ocean most people worry about sharks or other large predictors, but one of the most dangerous creatures out there is so small you can not even see it. Necrotizing fasciitis is a type of flesh eating bacteria that is not treated can be fatal.

According to WFTS Tampa Bay, fisherman Mike Walton is being treated at Tampa General Hospital for flesh-eating disease, necrotizing fasciitis.

Mike was fishing about 20 miles off the coast of Palm Harbor when he got poked in the hand with fish hook. He did not think much of it, as a avid fisherman this type of injury is common.

A few days later his hand started to swell and he went to the hospital where he received antibiotics. They did not help and it started getting worse. He developed black blisters on his hand and went back to the hospital.

“I had like little blisters starting to form on my hand and you could watch like sweat beads coming up on side of the hand, and then they just turned black,” he said.

At this point I do not know if he actually knew how much danger he was in. Doctors told him he was lucky to live and even more lucky that he did not loose his arm.

“They sliced all the way down my arm, to relieve the pressure, and then I got a skin graft going from my elbow to the palm of my hand,” he said.

According to doctors the bacteria is not very common in the United States but as you can see it is out there. If you do stick yourself with a hook keep an eye on the injury and if it starts to swell seek medical attention immediately.

That is a scary situation to be in. Mike might be out of the wood medically but he works in construction and will be out for a few months.

The Ozona Fish Camp is helping raise funds for him and his family while he is out of work. They will host a fishing tournament, The Ozona Classic Fishing Tournament will be held on June 8th with a portion of the proceeds going to Walton. So if you are down in Tampa consider helping this fellow angler out.

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