Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
Ivette Motola, MD
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
James Kimo Takayesu, MD
Marine Bite Overview
Fish and other marine animals can bite and cause cuts, scrapes, and punctures. A person who is attacked or bitten should attempt to identify the type of fish or animal, the time of the injury, and the nature of the attack.
Bites or puncture wounds to the hand, wrist, foot, or joint are very dangerous and require immediate medical attention. Ocean bacteria are particularly dangerous. Infections often occur. Local wound infection may develop in as few as 24 hours.
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