Aquatic Species

Although the risk of infection from marine life is remote, it is recommended that special care be taken when handling these animals, their habitats, and equipment. Gloves should be worn when handling the animal or coming in contact with the tank water. Use a net to handle the animal whenever it is feasible.

The following symptoms may be related to aquarium-related exposures:

GI Upset
Aeromonas hydrophilia, Edwardsiella tarda, Giardia species, Plesiomonas shigelloides, Vibrio species, Yersinia enterocolitica

Fever
Edwardsiella tarda, Pasteurella multocida, Yersinia enterocolitica

Skin Lesions
Listeria monocytogenes, Mycobacterium marinum, Vibrio species

Cellulitis
Aeromonas hydrophila, Plesiomonas shigelloides, Streptococcus iniae, Vibrio vulnificus

Spontaneous Abortion
Listeria monocytogenes

**If you suspect that you have contacted an infection from aquarium animals, contact the Research Occupational Health Program at 617-638-ROHP.