NBC New York - The number of New Yorkers suspected of having a rare skin infection that comes from handling raw seafood, causing skin lesions, pain and swelling to the hands and arms and even difficulty moving fingers, has more than doubled, officials said Wednesday.
The department said the number of reported cases has surged to 66, up from 30 last month.
Health officials are warning those who purchase raw fish and seafood at Chinatowns in Manhattan, Queens or Brooklyn to wear waterproof gloves when handling those items, and to seek medical care if they discover red bumps on hands or arms.
The bacteria causing the infection is called Mycobacterium marinum and it gets into the body through a cut or other injury, the Health Department said.The infections, which are treated with antibiotics, were reported to the Health Department by doctors, officials said.
The Health Department said those who eat seafood from the Chinatown markets are not at risk.
Okay so I don't know that it definitely came from China, but it's at least coming from their city areas of dominance. But the real point of conversation here is how this is just another great thing to deal with living in this fucking city.
Does anybody living in New York really like this place? I mean it has it's perks sure and there's like a zero percent chance I'm moving out of this hell hole any time in the next decade plus, but I mean what the fuck? Oh, ho hum, just a flesh eating skin bacteria that nobody's ever seen before coming in to make your hand look like it has hemorrhoids.
And you know what's worse? I don't even think it cracks the top 5 worst things to deal with here. This is a list based on zero fact or research, but it's spot on so take your arguments up the street to the guy with hemorrhoid hands.
Top 5 Worst Things to Deal With in New York:
1) High Rent for Shit Housing
There it is, folks. My $3000 a month lavish New York apartment. That's literally it. I would gladly take a skin eating virus if it meant it'd knock off a few hundred a month for this cave. There's a bedroom behind me and one at the end of that hall, and then the dragon lair under the TV (don't go down there) and that's it. The living room is so narrow that we've had to build a makeshift TV stand made of plywood resting on top of our staircase to dangerously place our only nice object (Smart TV life all day) so that we can watch it without having a seizure. There is not a single window to offer any sort of natural lighting a la solitary confinement, and the walls are so thin that I swear I know the entire life story of the Latino family of 8 living above me (in both languages). And this is Brooklyn! If this were Manhattan you could cut this bitch in half for the same price. My buddies back home in Philly moved in to a 6BR place last year that was enormous, newly renovated and right in the city, paying the same price as I pay for twice the rooms and half the bullshit. In Philly! Like, another major city! If you start looking toward smaller cities I can't even imagine what I could get for $3000 a month. Probably slurping down grapes fed to me by some Iowan bombshell in my countryside mansion.
2) Public Transportation
"Hey, I live in the Lower East Side, you're in Bushwick, right? Oh, cool, that's like 4 and a half miles... I'll see you in an hour!" Between walking to the station, waiting for the train while trying to avoid making eye contact with or being trampled by thousands of fellow subway goers, packing in to a crazy person filled train, going some route that navigationallly makes no sense, and finally walking to your destination, you are guaranteed that any trip could potentially take you the rest of your day to complete. The subway cars are always filled with so many folks that you're so fuckin happy to see, like the asshole mariachi bands that assume I'd rather hear them than Steve Winwood on my iPod, or the beggars who decide to shame you publicly for not paying for their failed real estate investment (looking at you asshole on the L train). It's always an adventure and it's always the worst, fuck the subway. Oh, and I didn't forget about the reason why that one car is empty on an other wise jam packed train.... it just deserved it's own category....
3) Homeless People
Without these fine vagabonds the subway ride might not even make this top 5 list (probably still would). Homeless people define everything that sucks about the subway, and everything in the city for that matter. Now I'm not hating on the individuals themselves, I fuckin feel for them. That would absolutely suck but it's hard to relate because hitting rock bottom on that level is just unfathomable. But let's call it what it is, these guys are dirty, plain and simple. They smell like the worst parts of everything in life. There is really nothing that can destroy your commute quite like a smelly homeless beggar walking by you and wafting Aqua di Hobo right up your nostrils. It doesn't matter how good of a mood you were just in, you're about to have a terrible night and you know it. And yeah, you do feel bad for them, which makes it fucking worse! Outward appearance and hygiene aside, the fact that you know that this person has just totally phoned it in on life is depressing, and further makes you feel shitty. I'm not offering any solutions here, no clue how you'd try fixing this issue, I'm just saying there's a lot of homeless people in New York and it's generally shitty when you have to be around them.
Dude in this video is sort of a champ. And hey, at least she apologizes.
4) Drink Prices
New York bars are a fuckin laugh. Don't get me wrong, there are some great spots, but the majority of places I go to I'm calling a 6 dollar beer a deal. That's straight robbery prices on a consistent basis. Anywhere else in the country you can buy a 30 rack of almost any beer for under 30 bucks. So you're telling me this one particular batch of Budweiser is 5 times the quality of the normal brew of Buds? Well had I known you were receiving your shipments from Anheuser's own private stock, I would've forked over my money without such a fuss. And don't even think about buying a round of shots. Easiest way to want to file bankruptcy in the morning, be the shot guy one night. "Hey can I get... how many was it, Benny, 10? Yeah 10 slippery nipples!" If I had a nickel... or more like a billion dollars to cover my 4 beer and one shot night.
5) James Dolan / Winter
The confirmed worst owner in the NBA is such a shitty, underrated part of this city. I was going to just straight up list winter as being the 5th worst thing to deal with because winter in New York is just depressing as shit. It's freezing, the buildings create wind tunnels so it's constantly windy, the snow banks take up half the already crowded sidewalk, it's just generally the worst thing ever. but then I started thinking about why that really is. Who's to blame? There's always somebody, and in our city it's fuckin James Dolan. He has single-handedly turned the Knicks in to a perennial joke, and it makes the whole city suffer. One playoff series win since 2000!? In the largest sports media market in the country? That's bananas. And I'm not even a Knicks fan, not all that interested in them winning to be honest, I just know what it's like to be in a city when you have a team that's playing really well in any sport. It's always a blast to be in that city. Even if you aren't a sports fan and you don't give a shit about the Knicks you still feel the effects because everyone is just generally happier. Shit doesn't suck as bad when you have something to cheer for, that's science. So fuck you, James Dolan. Good job taking the worst part of the year already and sinking it in to the deepest abyss possible.
* Honorary mention: The Shorts Show