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Coral Cuts Can Be Costly

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Ken Kurtis of Reef Seekers (Beverley Hills, CA) tells us the sobering tale of one of his divers who suffered a minor coral cut or some such while diving in the Indo-Pacific region.

"No big deal, and it probably happens to just about everyone on every trip, and nothing comes of it. However, in his case, it somehow turned into a staph infection. Although these can be fairly mild, some are known as MRSA (basically, they're resistant to antibiotics), and this may have been what he picked up. He spent 18 days hospitalized and is still somewhat weak, but recovering. The good news is that he has medical insurance. But the bad news is that it wasn't going to cover everything, and his total bill before insurance was $750,000."...

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