WARNING: Sea Lice Outbreak

The CDC has issued an alert to coastal communities about an outbreak of sea lice— a parasitic copepod highly transmittable among fishermen.

The CDC has issued a warning to coastal communities about an outbreak of a parasitic copepod among beachgoers, swimmers, and, significantly, fishermen. Commonly known as the sea louse, the copepod is often found on marine fish, including the striped bass. Beginning this spring, the CDC has noted cross-species transmission, with sea lice appearing on pets and humans exposed to ocean waters and carriers of the sea lice, like the striped bass.   

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Know what to look for. Sea louse (shown above), are commonly found on highly migratory marine species, such as the striped bass.

 

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Protect Yourself from Sea Lice

The CDC urges anyone at risk of exposure to these copepods carry the appropriate combs and to check themselves and their families immediately after leaving the seaside.  

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Specialized combs will help to minimize human exposure and relieve associated symptoms, such as the urge to migrate.
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If infected, immediately rinse the affected areas to mitigate symptoms and reduce the likelihood of transmission to other anglers.

Prolonged exposure to the parasite has been linked to cases of acute Saxatilism, with symptoms including irritability, the urge to migrate, and cravings for raw, oily fish.  

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3 on “WARNING: Sea Lice Outbreak

  1. LOU

    I GAUGHT THE CRABS TWICE LAST YEAR AND DIDNT EVEN HAVE TO GO TO THE OCEAN .

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