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Richmond British Columbia Sea Lion Girl Treated for Risk of Infection

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By    |   Thursday, 25 May 2017 12:47 PM

A girl who was in Richmond, British Columbia, when a sea lion pulled her into the water last Sunday is being treated for an infection related to the incident.

The video of the sea lion snatching the girl into the water went viral and aired on numerous national news programs this week. It was viewed more than 24.3 million times since it was posted this week.

NBC News reported that Vancouver Aquarium urged the girl's family to get her help because she was possibly in danger of a hazardous infection known as "seal finger."

"The family saw media reports in which our marine mammal trainer recommended they call us, and they did get in touch." Vancouver Aquarium spokeswoman Deana Lancaster told NBC News. "She did get a superficial wound and she's going to get the right treatment."

Danielle Hyson, a senior marine mammal trainer at the Vancouver Aquarium, had called for the the girl to contact them if an injury had occurred, CBC News noted.

Hyson said if that is the case, the girl would need specific treatment and the aquarium could provide advice to a doctor about treatment.

According to the National Institutes of Health science journal PULSUS Plastic Surgery in 2009, seal fisherman have known about seal finger infection for hundreds of years.

"Seal finger or 'sealer’s finger' is a bacterial infection of the fingers and hand. The mechanism of inoculation may be directly from the bite of a seal, by handling seal pelts, or by a laceration produced from a knife while working with seal meat," the journal said.

"This injury commonly occurs in seal fisherman and other workers associated with seal product preparation. The disease is also seen in marine scuba drivers, biologists and veterinary/wildlife workers. Before treatment with tetracycline was available, this disease frequently led to digit amputation and loss of normal hand function," the journal continued.

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A girl who was in Richmond, British Columbia, when a sea lion pulled her into the water last Sunday is being treated for an infection related to the incident, NBC News reported.
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