Flesh Eating Bacteria Prevention, Treatment, and What is It Exactly? There is something about being “eaten alive” by bacteria, crawling unseen on your skin, that is so primitive and so sci-fi at the same time, it unleashes the primal fear in us. Maybe this is why, on the rare occasion that the gruesome flesh-eating bacterial infection strikes, it creates a storm in cyberspace.
Or why an email and text hoax warning consumers that they could contract a skin-eating disease from eating bananas terrified Southern Africans for weeks last December. Or why the American boy Jake Finkbonne’s stunning recovery from the infection in 2006 has been deemed a miracle by no less than the Vatican. [See Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, Jake Finkbonne, & Flesh-Eating Miracles]
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A mutant gene may be the key that would help us humans combat the rare but deadly flesh eating virus. Here’s the press release (from back in December 2009) about a research study by The Methodist Research Institute in Houston which found that a gene mutation lessens the deadly effect of the flesh eating bacteria.
Mutant Gene Lessens Devastation of Flesh-Eating Bacteria
Scientists at The Methodist Hospital Research Institute in Houston recently discovered a simple gene mutation that decreases the chance people will get a flesh-eating disease called necrotizing fasciitis. Further, they proved that inactivating this section of the gene lessens the devastating disease in humans.
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