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Video: "Flesh-Eating" Bacteria



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  • The bacteria in the above video are Group A Streptococcus pyogenes isolated from a patient with necrotizing fasciitis
  • Necrotizing fasciitis can also be caused by other bacteria commonly found on the skin such as Staphylococcus aureus, including MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staph aureus)
  • Infection generally begins at a major wound or just a scratch
  • Sorry, Sci Fi fans, the causative bacteria do not “eat flesh”, but they cause deep, painful, fast-moving infections of the skin and underlying tissue including the fascia
  • Necrotizing fasciitis is rare, and even rarer if you are young and healthy
  • Conditions which can increase chances of the disease

    – diabetes
    – alcohol or drug abuse
    – suppressed immunity

  • But if NOT diagnosed early and accurately and then treated appropriately, necrotizing fasciitis can be fatal
  • More information on the disease and its prevention is available from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC).