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QUEENSLAND fishermen have been taken to hospital with recurring weeping sores resembling spider bites after handling sick fish and working in water at Gladstone's harbour.
A fishing ban was imposed at Gladstone harbour on September 16 after sick fish were found with sores and cloudy eyes.
Dr Gardner is calling for the department to investigate it further.
"There is a relationship. The symptoms are the same, but just what it is I don't know," he said.
"The story is the same. The sores appeared after people handled fish or came into contact with the water."
Dr Gardner said it's unusual for a small fishing community to have at least 20 people infected with the same illness.