Even among fish-handling infections, this one is a rarity

Soft tissue infections from handling fish are unlikely to be caused by virulent marine pathogens, surgeons say.

The main culprits in injuries from sharp spikes on fish are the victim’s own microflora, which could be managed with flucloxacillin, a New Zealand study suggests.

Cultures from 60 patients who sustained injuries when handling fish found that only one patient was infected with a marine-specific bacterium: Photobacterium damselae, an organism associated with severe soft tissue infection.

Nearly three-quarters of the pathogens