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Old 10-21-2012, 10:49 AM   #11 
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TB is pretty uncommon.
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Old 10-21-2012, 11:20 AM   #12 
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TB is pretty uncommon.
But very difficult to treat in humans (long course of expensive antibiotics with unpleasant side effects). Don't put your bare hand into the tank, esp if you have any open wounds. Wear latex gloves (can be easily purchased at the drug store). There are also aquarium gloves you can purchase which go up to your elbows for more protection.
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Old 10-21-2012, 12:14 PM   #13 
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There are many other diseases that have the symptoms of TB, but aren't TB. Good luck with her!
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:20 PM   #14 
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There are many other diseases that have the symptoms of TB, but aren't TB. Good luck with her!
in fact there was an episode of House specifically about that (human TB, not fish TB)
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:35 PM   #15 
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I do want to say that the "TB" you are referring to is fish TB, which is caused by mycobacterium marinum, which is NOT the species my mycobacterium that causes human TB(the lung disease). It generally causes an opportunistic infection in humans. I am a clinical microbiologist and can say that I have never seen a human case in my lab, I work in one of the largest clinical microbiology labs in the eastern US.

Regardless, if you have any paper cuts or open wounds, I wouldn't reach your hand into a fish tank under any circumstances... You could get a nasty infection that way..
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:58 PM   #16 
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I highly doubt it's TB my guess is that it's just a birth deformity... not an expert here but... she is a cutie xD
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:30 AM   #17 
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I had a twisted one from petco that actually straitened out after a few months. good luck with her.
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Actually Mycobacterium marinum can infect people--I know someone in the aquarium maintenance business who had a confirmed infection in his hand. The GI side effects of the antibiotics he had to take for months were rather unpleasant.

http://www.medicinenet.com/mycobacte...um/article.htm is a good discussion.

I agree that M. marinum is rare, but it's something you really don't want to get. Just a good idea to be careful.
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