Is this freshwater specific? If you include saltwater and reefs, the amount of commonly kept critters that can stab, sting, bristle or bite is huge.
You'd be surprised how many people still use the suck method. My audience will have a significant number of people who still do that. There is still chance of infection if organism-containing water goes into the mouth - people who 'gargle' or drink water in showers during foreign travel still get dysentery/water-borne infections.typhoid? cholera?
come on, its a tank, not a toilet. besides now people use python for water changes and dont have to suck one end of the tube (though even then you dont have to suck all the way til it hits your tounge, just past the highest point.
Water on the floor after bagging fish or servicing a tank can be dangerous.....falls/slipping
Medications such as formaldehyde can affect people with breathing problems....
Dodgy ladders can collapse causing bad injuries...
Cyanobacteria can cause many health related problems if exposed to it for longish periods.....
Alot of catfish have spines that may be poisonous or can get stuck in your skin and cause nasty painful infections.....I had this once when handling a Aust. native the Salmon catfish....a pectoral spine went into my finger and caused a bad infection that took about 2-3 months to heal....yuck
lol, those will be good to mention in the first category.How about strains from moving large tanks. Or bruises from tring to reach to the back of a tanks and your arms are to short. (I get in my 75 gallon up to my arm pits and still can't reach it and it sometimes well hurt for days.)
that's a great link.thanks for the input everyone.Here is a thread of a serious illness the person believes was contracted from cleaning an aquarium.
the tapeworms are considered potential water-borne zoonoses. If you recall the Salmonella and hepapatitis outbreaks recently, runoff water from cattle areas to fields containing produce was the cause. The same could potentially happen with ponds/water used for fish husbandry as well.you mentioned the compylobacteria and salmonella.
things like that keep me worried enough to wash my hands very good after having them around the tank, particularly well before i eat anything.
another that i wonder about are intestinal parasites, tapeworms and things. i am curious whether these are transferrable from the tank to the human. i was sitting in a hotel room in aruba while watching the discovery channel talk on intestinal worms and how easy it is for them to potentially end up in your body.. and you wouldnt even know it for a while. (makes you think about all the stuff you have been eating.)
No, I don't actually know which organism caused the infection....when I told the doctor what happened he wasn't really concerned, he did say that if it turned into a really bad abcess or something nastier than what I had he said he would do a culture, funny thing is now if I accidently get spiked it dosen't turn nasty like the first time I got spiked, heh may be I have become immune to what caused my infectionDo you remember what organism caused your infection? Did they do wound cultures?