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.
One of the things I want to do with this blog is to provide a space where we learn about this disease through the stories of people who were infected by it. One such story is the touching tale of Tanya Gludau, a chef who contracted the bacteria when she accidentally cut a finger while preparing food in the kitchen.
Read Tanya’s story, as reported by the Tahoe Daily Tribune, after the jump.
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: