NANFA-- RE: Pseudomonas aeruginosa

rjs (
Mon, 17 May 2004 00:10:09 -0700


Not about fish, but IMPORTANT to fish people.

I am writing to inquire if any NANFA person has been infected by this
particularly nasty bacterium as a result of our fish collecting and keeping

Since 21 March, [rjs] sevenx weeks ago, I have been under treatment by
our family M.D., an infectious diseases specialist, and the staff of our
hospital, which fortunately is only a couple of miles from our home.

Background: Seven weeks ago, on Sunday 21 March, I was hit by an extreme
fever and hauled off to the hospital with a temperature of 104.70 F. The
initial evaluation indicated a virus attack of some sort, but the next day
results of blood tests confirmed it was a bacterial episode, and I was put
a heavy antibiotic regimen, primarily Cipro (Ciprofloxacin hydrocholoride).
Further blood tests while I was in the hospital identified the bacterium as
Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Excerpt: "Its tolerance to a wide variety of physical conditions, including
temperature, contributes to its ecological success as an opportunistic
Pseudomonas aeruginosa does, however, show a predilection for growth in
moist environments, a reflection of its natural existence in soil and

I am advised that P. aeruginosa is a ubiquitous critter found all around us
other than desert climates, difficult for species Homo sapiens to acquire,
very difficult to get rid of. After seven week of treatment, in an out of
the local
hospital, the antibiotics treatment ended only a few days ago, and I am
showing good signs of recovery. Among other things, my weight is down
about 20 lbs. (around 10% of my body weight), and I remain quite weak.

The infectious diseases physician has suggested that I might have acquired
this nasty "bug" through my involvement with little fishes critters, and so
I am
writing with two purposes in mind:

1. To let you know that that collecting and keeping fishes might well
exposure to this bacterium (and others, for that matter), and
2. To solicit any information you might have regarding your experiences, if
anyone has also been infected.

I have been feeling much better the past few days, and assume I
the road to fully recovery. It's not been a whole lot of fun, frankly.

Looking forward to the convention-in-Charleston, God willing and the river
don't rise,

Bob Sinclair
Santa Barbara CA
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