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Marine Animal Bite

Marine Animal Bite Facts

  • 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.

Marine Animal Bite Symptoms

Signs of infection include

  • warmth,
  • pus,
  • red streaks,
  • a foul odor,
  • lymph node swelling,
  • pain with joint movement, and
  • fever.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/25/2016
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