Flesh Eating Virus in Britain (the U.K.). Is there really such a thing as a new, deadly flesh-eating superbug that can be spread by coughing and sneezing? Should we worry? Can we prevent it?
Last week, British commuters were alarmed when a tabloid warned that coughing and sneezing on crowded trains and buses could spread a deadly “flesh-eating superbug.”
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For the second time in the past two months, the death of a Hongkong patient has been linked to ‘necrotizing fasciitis’ or the bacteria which causes the flesh eating disease.
The unnamed 48-year old man was hospitalised after an injury to his calves but he went into shock and eventually died on September 10. Further laboratory tests revealed that the reason for his death could be linked to said bacterial infection.
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Here’s a news report from Bryan County in Georgia about a volunteer firefighter named Terry Nielsen who is currently fighting for his life after he was infected with the flesh eating disease.
We hope he survives this condition.
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A weakened immune system can make one more vulnerable to the bacteria that causes the flesh eating disease necrotising fasciitis. Here’s the story of a woman from Ireland who, while undergoing chemotherapy to treat her breast cancer got infected with the flesh eating bacteria and eventually succumbed to it.
Our condolences to her family and friends.
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