Expert: Flesh-Eating Bacteria A Rare Danger 

I thought this was a short, informative article to kick off the summer with. And, please notice that I’m leading off with this pull quote:

These infections are extremely rare,” said Amy Kirby, an assistant research professor at Emory University’s Center for Global Safe Water. There were only 88 cases of necrotizing fasciitis recorded in the U.S in 2013.

Whatever you do, please don’t give in to fear. It’s important to remember that, although the bacteria is common, necrotizing fasciitis and other diseases resulting from exposure to these bacteria are rare and, to some degree, preventable. If you will be swimming this summer, as I will be, remember to bathe afterwards, clean and disinfect any wounds you may have. Enjoy the outdoors!

Read the entire interview and/or watch the video at: Expert: Flesh-Eating Bacteria A Rare Danger In Ga. Waters | WABE 90.1 FM

For preventative measures against necrotizing fasciitis and other useful information, go here: Necrotizing Fasciitis: A Rare Disease, Especially for the Healthy

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The Day A Miracle Happened

“On day four, the bacteria halted at the top of my thigh — Dr. Kellermann believes it was a miracle. That day, the surgeon brought Dr. Kellermann in to show him that the infection had moved all the way up into my lower back. The outside border and time of the examination had been written on my skin with an indelible marker. “We are taking him in for a final debridement, but he is not going to live. It’s like trying to stop a freight train with wet tissue paper,” the surgeon confided. One of the nurses in the burn unit ICU gave my wife the same grim prognosis, motioning with her hand up the left side and lower back. Denise only remembers the conversation, but not what was said. She did not understand, at that point, that my death was virtually assured because of the size and location of the infected area; She thought the nurse was simply keeping her updated.

Two hours later, the surgeon emerged from the elevator and sat down with everyone in the waiting area. “I’ve been a surgeon for many years,” he softly said, shaking his head over and over. “I’ve never seen anything like this. We searched for hours and the infection is completely gone.” Dr. Kellermann cast all sense of professional propriety aside, and began leaping and shouting down the hallway, “Praise the Lord!” Scott gathered everyone together for a prayer of thanksgiving and as he recorded, along with the rest of these events in his journal, “We talked about how a miracle had been witnessed by us today and from this time forward, Bo’s life and all our lives would be forever changed.”

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10 Things More Likely to Kill You Than Ebola

The humble necrotizing fasciitis comes in fourth, but is determined to move to the top! Interesting article.

4. Flesh-eating bacteria. Necrotizing fasciitis, a life-threatening illness caused by the strep bacteria, can enter your body through a minor opening in the skin and destroy your soft tissue. There are about 650 to 800 cases per year, and about 25 percent of patients die.

Read more at 10 Things More Likely to Kill You Than Ebola.

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Necrotizing fasciitis Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatments and Causes

This is a very informative resource for those concerned about the Flesh-eating bacteria.

Necrotizing fasciitis: A severe, progressive skin infection which causes progressive destruction of skin and underlying tissue. It is caused by certain bacteria and has a high mortality rate… Necrotizing fasciitis (occasionally described by the media as “the flesh-eating bacteria”) destroys muscles, fat…

More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Necrotizing fasciitis is available at Necrotizing fasciitis Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatments and Causes – RightDiagnosis.com.

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Aimee Copeland Continues Her Recovery

You may have read about Aimee Copeland back in May of 2012, when she contracted Necrotizing Fasciitis (NF) from an injury involving a homemade zip line. She suffered overwhelming sepsis and multiple amputations. Here is a very encouraging and inspiring update:  The Evolution of Aimee Copeland | Emory Medicine Magazine | Emory University.

Actually, it’s a fairly detailed story that covers different aspects of her experience, focusing on what it’s like to live a different  sort of life, post-NF. There’s a bit of science here, too, which points to the benefits of living in these times, when victims of devastating events can return to a normal life. Of course, as NF survivors know, it’s always a different sort of “normal.”

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