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Nick Zarlinga (
Mon, 24 Nov 2003 08:25:38 -0500

| Paris - France's health watchdog said on Tuesday it had recorded a surge
| cases of a rare type of skin infection among aquarium lovers after they
| changed tank water or handled fish with their bare hands.
| The condition, sometimes called "fish tuberculosis", is caused by a bug
| called Mycobacterium marinum that is often found in aquarium water as well
| as in ponds and seawater or in under-chlorinated swimming pools, they
| Sixty-three cases of the infection were recorded in France between 1996
| 1998, the Institute of Health Surveillance said in a weekly
| bulletin.
| "Given the present wave of public interest in aquaria, aquarium-lovers and
| live seafood traders should be advised to wear gloves when they clean out
| tanks or handle fish, and to use antiseptic to treat skin cuts and
| it said. - Sapa-AFP
| d=1

Nick Zarlinga
Aquarium Biologist
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
216.661.6500 ext 4485
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