Necrotizing Fasciitis: The Flesh-Eating Disease

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.

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Flesh Eating Bacteria Not Virus

It turns out that my initial skepticism about Michael Jackson having a flesh-eating virus is correct after all. But it’s correct only in the sense that it’s a bacteria, not a virus, that’s doing all that flesh-eating.

Get it, fellow laypeople? There’s no such thing as a flesh-eating virus but there is a flesh-eating bacteria. [Argh! I should have known that before I registered this domain. Hehe.]

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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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