Whats in the water?
Posted 19 November 2014 - 01:40 PM
Posted 19 November 2014 - 02:52 PM
Posted 19 November 2014 - 07:12 PM
Posted 20 November 2014 - 08:05 AM
I'd say, use common sense. If a waterway looks nasty, don't get in without proper gear. If it is clean, and what Michael said, there is a healthy fish population, then you're probably ok. Also, if you have a big open cut/gash on your body... let it heal before you get in. Usually, bacteria needs an opening to infect your body. So don't have open wounds and close your mouth
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Posted 20 November 2014 - 10:38 AM
To which organisms do you refer? enteric bacteria are not uncommon after flooding, but not part of the natural microfauna.
Posted 20 November 2014 - 02:24 PM
Chattahoochee River, GA
Posted 20 November 2014 - 10:59 PM
Posted 21 November 2014 - 11:15 AM
Posted 23 November 2014 - 06:20 PM
There are some seriously nasty bugs that we as snorklers, dipnetters and aquarium keepers need to be aware of. It is a subject worth some google time, I'm too hurried to spell it for you.
In short, I'd discourage swimming or digging into nets full of muck with open cuts. I don't care how clean the water looks or how healthy the fish are. If you get a serious cut, scrape or puncture in the water, I suggest you stop and go clean it with the peroxide or iodine you have in your first aid kit [got one, right?]. If the water is mucky, I will follow up at home with 3 in one anti-biotic ointment.
I work in wastewater and do sampling and testing of water ways which receive wastewater effluent [every moving stream in the US]. I take my own safety serious and have studied up on it. I also had an in depth discussion on pathogens in general and ones we might find in the real world which left me uneasy, to say the least. Don't want to scare you, but... Be Scared!
I don't know, maybe it was the roses.
Posted 24 November 2014 - 09:31 AM
yes, in the summer here hot freshwater, breeds amoebas, amoeba infection is rare but often fatal, usually from jumping off bridges, or crashing while water skiing, crystal river's public beach often has warnings about some nonlethal bacteria, i try to avoid it because i have gotten skin rashes, and ear infections there, i think the lyngbya algae is also a contributor, sometimes i do swim at hunter springs, but i always shower right after
I'm not that familiar with Florida, but maybe the bacteria count is down in the Fall/Winter with cooler temps and less run-off?
Also, I'm curious about the rash Sean. Were you wearing a wetsuit?
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