Flesh-eating bacteria: How to prevent necrotizing fasciitis this summer | Fox News

“Annually since 2010, there have been approximately 700 to 1,200 cases of necrotizing fasciitis caused by Group A Strep, according to the CDC. That said, the federal health agency noted this is ‘likely an underestimate.’”

Source: Flesh-eating bacteria: How to prevent necrotizing fasciitis this summer | Fox News

Surviving A Flesh-eating Disease – CNN.com

There are many strains of bacteria that cause the flesh-eating disease necrotizing fasciitis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are about 9,000 to 11,500 cases of group A streptococcus bacteria, one cause of necrotizing fasciitis, each year. Of them, only 6% to 7% are invasive. More commonly, the bacteria results in infections such as strep throat or a skin infection called impetigo.

The CDC says that about 25% of patients who have necrotizing fasciitis die. Canada has 90 to 200 cases per year, with a fatality rate of 20% to 30%, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

via Surviving a flesh-eating disease – CNN.com

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Teacher runs race, reclaims her life – San Antonio Express-News

Lisa Hunt didn’t win the Rock ’n’ Roll San Antonio Half Marathon on Sunday, but then again, she’s not dead either.

That was a possibility for the 44-year-old teacher back in 2012, a few weeks after she ran in the 2011 version of the full marathon.

You and I might view Hunt’s journey after that as either a mysterious tragedy that altered Hunt’s life forever, or as intangible proof the human spirit cannot be destroyed.

via Teacher runs race, reclaims her life – San Antonio Express-News

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Necrotizing Fasciitis: 10 Things to Know About Flesh-Eating Bacteria

Necrotizing fasciitis, which means the death of tissues, is an infection that is linked to bacteria. In its most severe forms, it is also known as flesh-eating bacteria, which can destroy not only skin, but also fat and tissue covering the muscles within a matter of days.

This is one of the best articles, short of a medical journal, I’ve come across: Necrotizing Fasciitis: 10 Things to Know About Flesh-Eating Bacteria

Moving On Back

Well, quite a while back I thought I would shut down this website and move all my posts over to Facebook. But, interested folks continue to visit and I’m still dealing with the results of surviving necrotizing fasciitis 21 years ago. I hope I can continue to provide resources to those affected by the disease.

Recently, there was some concern I may develop a Marjolin’s ulcer on my Achilles tendon and so I’ve been seeking treatment for over two years and have been in active wound care for the past six months. In November I finally had a Moh’s procedure to remove a squamous cell carcinoma and covered the wound with a split-thickness skin graft. The cancer appears to have recently developed — the offending cells were on the surface around the perimeter of the wound and hadn’t moved down into the tissue. Caught it just in the nick of time, I think.

You can read more about Marjolin’s ulcers in the link and I hope to talk a bit more about my course of treatment in upcoming posts. Meanwhile, you can also find me over on Facebook.

Time To Move On

2018 will mark the 20 year anniversary of our victory in battle with necrotizing fasciitis, the flesh-eating bacteria — thank God. This site has been up and running since about 1999 and we’ve been privileged to serve tens of thousands of visitors and correspond with hundreds of survivors, friends, family members, and others who just want to understand a little something about this intrusive, rude, cruel, virulent, deadly disease. Sometime around October 2018, I’ll be parking the flesheatingbacteria.net URL — If you would like to continue following our saga, the best place to go will be our Facebook page, Overcoming Necrotizing Fasciitis. I’ve also migrated all the pages and posts to my personal page at BoSalisbury.com.

Devon Woman Will Front National Campaign 

This is one of the best quotes for survivors I’ve seen:

I’m not a Paralympian or anything like that, I’m a normal woman who enjoys running. Hopefully, when other people with disabilities see me out running, they will see that it is attainable.

Source: Devon woman who battled back from losing leg will front national campaign | Exeter Express and Echo

Group A Streptococcus infections, including ‘flesh-eating disease,’ attributed to presence of 2 toxins — ScienceDaily

This is a brief, fact-packed article on the pathology of the flesh-eating bacteria.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 700 to 1,100 cases of necrotizing fasciitis caused by group A streptococcus have occurred yearly since 2010. Although the disease primarily affects the young and old and those with underlying chronic conditions, it may also develop in healthy individuals. Transmission occurs person-to-person, many times through a break in the skin.

Source: Cytotoxins contribute to virulence of deadly epidemic bacterial infections: Severity of group A Streptococcus infections, including ‘flesh-eating disease,’ attributed to presence of 2 toxins — ScienceDaily

Toddler Infected By Necrotizing Fasciitis During Chickenpox

A toddler almost died after a bout of chickenpox turned into a horrific flesh-eating infection that left gaping wounds in his neck. Charlie Cave, from Kempston, Bedfordshire, was just 13-months-old when he developed the early stages of necrotising fasciitis.

Charlie survived, but I have been unable to find any updates on his condition. These kinds of articles, although often sensational, generally contain some helpful information about diagnosing, treating, and recovering from necrotizing fasciitis. So, we will continue to spread the word.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3727958/Toddler-died-bout-chickenpox-turned-horrific-flesh-eating-necrotising-fasciitis-destroyed-little-boy-s-neck.html#ixzz4Vssf5Pnc

Also see: Toddler Gets Infected By Necrotizing Fasciitis During Chickenpox And It Almost Killed Him