- Associated Press - Monday, July 27, 2015

July 27—David Trudell died and Bruce Osborne is recovering from bacterial infections they contracted from the Indian River Lagoon.

To avoid getting potentially serious, even fatal, bacterial infections, the Florida Department of Health suggests people who fish, wade or swim in the lagoon or Treasure Coast rivers and tributaries should:

* Avoid swallowing water.

* Always rinse off after exposure to water.

* Do not go in the water if you have cuts or open sores.

* Wear water shoes to protect against cuts from shells and rocks.

* Wear gloves when handling fish.

Immediate and proper first aid can dramatically decrease that risk of infection, said Dr. Steven Parr, director of emergency medicine at Tradition Medical Center in Port St. Lucie. To treat a wound, Parr said:

* Squeeze the area of a puncture wound, if you can, to get the wound to bleed. “That will drastically decrease the chance of infection.”

* Next, whether a cut or a puncture, rinse the wound with clean water.

* Apply an antibiotic ointment.

* Bandage, and keep the wound clean and dry.

Parr said to seek medical attention if:

* The wound looks swollen and red.

* A red line can be seen extending from the wound area.

* The wound hurts or burns more than it should.

* A fever develops.

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