TAMPA, Fla. – A person from Florida is being treated by flesh-eating bacteria that he acquired during fishing in the Gulf of Mexico.
Mike Walton tells the Tampa WFTS that he is stuck with a fish hook while fishing for about 20 miles (32 kilometers) off the coast of Palm Harbor on Saturday. Later, he goes to a hospital where he receives antibiotics for his hand, which have begun to swell.
Walton says that black bubbles rise in the wake of his wounded hands. He was taken to the hospital in Tampa, where doctors with infectious diseases began to treat him.
He says the doctors decided to amputate his hand but managed to remove the bacteria.
Walton said he is expected to be released from hospital on Thursday and will be on antibiotics for a month.