Famous Men With Flesh Eating Bacteria: Gen. Levent Ersöz of Turkey

Who can get the flesh-eating bacteria infection? Everyone including famous people like Nobel prize winner Eric Cornell and, as you will read in the following story, Gen. Levent Ersöz of Turkey.

Where can you get infected with the bacteria? Everywhere. You can get the infection in your own kitchen like Tanya Gludau. At the beach like Olympic gold medalist Grant Hackett. Or, if General Ersoz is to be believed, in the hospital operating room where he supposedly contracted the disease while undergoing prostate operation.

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Stories: Eric Cornell, Nobel Laureate

Who can get infected with the flesh-eating bug? Ordinary people like you, me and Tanya Gludau. Celebrities like Michael Jackson. Olympic medalists like Australian swimmer Grant Hackett. And, as you will note when you read the interview below, Nobel Prize winners like Eric Cornell.

Professor Cornell, co-winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1995, was infected with the disease in 2004. It isn’t clear how he got the bug but, according to the Professor, he “must have had a little scratch or a cut there and had that scratch or cut exposed to the invasive form of the strep bacteria”. The bacteria, in case you are wondering, is the necrotizing fasciitis which you can read more about here.

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Michael Jackson’s Flesh Eating Virus

I decided to make a blog about the flesh-eating virus when I read in the news that Michael Jackson was stricken by it. Michael being Michael I went, “Huh! There goes the has-been King of Pop making up a disease for himself. A flesh-eating virus? Really? He must think he’s living in a science horror movie?”

But then I discovered that, indeed, there is such a thing as a flesh-eating virus and that Michael did not make it up. In fact, according to a story I read somewhere this virus kills more Americans than the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). So why are we not hearing more about this flesh-eating thingie? I don’t know. But my ignorance of thsi disease prompted me to go, “What the heck, why don’t I try to understand this thing by blogging about it.”

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