So what are the signs and symptoms that you should look out for if you suspect that you (or anyone you know) have flesh-eating bacteria aka necrotizing fasciitis?
Here’s some very basic guide from CBC (that’s Canadian Broadcasting which is not to be confused with CDC). According to CBC, in the early stages of necrotizing fasciitis, you may experience:
One of the common questions asked by those who visit this blog goes, “Who gets the flesh-eating bacteria?” The answer to that would be, “Anyone.” The bacteria does not discriminate. It attacks anyone. Ordinary people like you and me. And famous people or celebrities too.
As noted in the story of Tanya Gludau, the chef was infected with the bacteria when she accidentally cut her finger while at work. The bacteria also infected three-time Olympic gold medalist Grant Hackett when he cut himself on a coral-reef during his 2007 honeymoon in the Turtle Islands.
As I mentioned earlier, my interest in the flesh-eating bacteria (remember that it’s a bacteria not a virus, okay?) was piqued by a news report that Michael Jackson caught the bacteria while he was undergoing surgery. Specifically, Michael was infected with the superbug MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) which can cause necrotizing fasciitis or the much-dreaded bacteria.
Here’s a Daily Mail news report from way back in 2005 about the link between MRSA and necrotizing fasciitis:
We’ve learned earlier that the flesh-eating illness is not caused by a virus but by a bacteria (or is it bacterium?), now lets learn more about this bacteria, the Group A Streptococcus or GAS. From the Center for Disease Control:.
What is group A streptococcus (GAS)?
Group A Streptococcus is a bacterium often found in the throat and on the skin. People may carry group A streptococci in the throat or on the skin and have no symptoms of illness. Most GAS infections are relatively mild illnesses such as “strep throat,” or impetigo. Occasionally these bacteria can cause severe and even life-threatening diseases.