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How to help prevent a vibrio vulnificus infection

Editor’s Note: Because of the recent media attention given to Gulf Coast beaches — and the potential for contracting vibrio vulnificus during the hot summer months — LouisianSportsman.com is again running this article featuring advice from Dr. Mary Eschete, an infectious disease specialist in Terrebonne Parish, and her tips to avoid the bacteria.

For outdoor enthusiasts, Eschete’s advice is simple and straightforward: If you suffer any type of injury while fishing, swimming or working in a saltwater or brackish environment here in South Louisiana — from being poked by a fish or jabbed with a hook — wash the wound quickly and thoroughly.