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[APD] Re: Disease Transmission
Did you have any cuts or abbrasions on your hands when you were cleaning
your tank? Did you get any of the water in your mouth, either through not
washing your hands afterwards or through sucking water through the siphon?
You can get diseases from you tank (very rarely though) such as zoonotal
Mycobacterial infections (not TB, but related species. Usually causes
granuloma in the hand area). I suppose infection by nematodes (I saw one
under a microscope from my tank water that looked suspiciously like
hookworm), or a Pseudomonas bacterial infection is also possible. But, with
the exception of hookworm, the bacteria would need a entry route into your
body, such as a cut, abbrasion, ingestion or contact with a mucosal
membrane, such as your nose, mouth or eye.
To my knowledge, there has been no reports of any zoonosis by aquatic
However, I would say the more likely scenario is, as a previous poster
mentioned, that you picked up a virus (enterovirus??) or bacteria of some
sort from food or contaminated toilet object.
One last question about a remote possibility:
Have you been to a Tropical country in the last year, or live near an
airport which international flights come into?
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