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5 Die in Florida From 'Flesh-Eating Bacteria'

Officials say 26 Vibrio vulnificus cases have been detected in state this year

(Newser) - The "flesh-eating bacteria" Vibrio vulnificus has infected at least 26 people in Florida so far this year and killed five of them, officials say. The victims were mostly in the Tampa Bay area, WESH reports. Officials say The bacteria, found in warm, brackish water as well as raw or...

Bacteria Linked to Oysters, Seawater Kills 3 on East Coast

4th person also sickened, but survives

(Newser) - Three people in New York and Connecticut have died recently from a rare but deadly bacterial infection linked to raw seafood and warm seawater. A fourth person was hospitalized with the same infection but survived, the New York Times reports. Vibrio vulnificus is a flesh-eating bacteria that can cause an...

His Relative Bit Him During a Fight. Days Later, He Nearly Died

Doctors were shocked how Tampa Bay's Donnie Adams contracted flesh-eating bacteria

(Newser) - A Florida man who got into the middle of a tussle ended up with a frightening flesh-eating infection that sent him to the hospital for weeks. Tampa Bay's Donnie Adams says he was at a family get-together in mid-February when two relatives starting fighting and he tried to break...

Man Dies of Flesh-Eating Bacteria That Felt Like 'Acid'

Mother Susan McIntyre warns other to be on the lookout for signs of necrotizing fasciitis

(Newser) - The decision to chase his dog into a pond cost a San Diego man his life, according to his mother, who is warning others to avoid standing water that has appeared across the city following recent rainfall. Jeff Bova, 41, got water on a small cut on his arm and...

'Miracle' Boy's Twisted Ankle Leads to Tragic Death
'For This to Kill Him in Just
a Matter of Days Was Crazy'
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'For This to Kill Him in Just a Matter of Days Was Crazy'

Jesse Brown, 11, dies after hurting his ankle on treadmill, contracting flesh-eating infection

(Newser) - A fifth-grader in Florida who hurt his ankle on the treadmill is now dead, and his family is trying to raise awareness on the abrupt way in which he died. Megan Brown tells FOX 35 that her younger cousin, 11-year-old Jesse Brown of Winter Park, rolled on his ankle while...

Flesh-Eating Bacteria Kills Man Who Rushed to Florida After Ian

James Hewitt of Michigan was infected by flesh-eating bacteria after falling in Florida canal

(Newser) - A man who rushed to Florida from Michigan to help a friend in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian was killed by a hazard he may not have been aware of, his fiancee says. Leah DeLano tells Fox that retired auto worker James Hewitt, 56, went to Naples, Florida, on Oct....

In Florida, an 'Abnormal' Jump in Flesh-Eating Bacteria Cases

Hurricane Ian may be to blame

(Newser) - Florida has seen an increase in cases of flesh-eating bacteria this year driven largely by a surge in the county hit hardest by Hurricane Ian. The state Department of Health reports that as of Friday there have been 65 cases of Vibrio vulnificus infections and 11 deaths in Florida this...

In This Nation, a 'Fearsome Intruder' Is Surging

Australia slammed with a spike of flesh-eating Buruli ulcers

(Newser) - Australia has been hit with a spike of what the New York Times calls a "fearsome intruder," though it's not a new one. Stretching back as far as the 1940s, cases of Buruli ulcer —an infectious disease caused by the flesh-devouring Mycobacterium ulcerans bacterium, typically found...

Flesh-Eating Bacteria Kills 7 in San Diego. This Is to Blame

Bacteria is linked to the injection of black tar heroin

(Newser) - Seven people in San Diego County have been killed by a flesh-eating bacteria since the beginning of October, and health officials say the outbreak is linked to the use of black tar heroin. Black tar heroin is "sticky like roofing tar or hard like coal," with a dark...

She Fell Asleep on Her Sofa, Woke Up With No Arms, Legs

Ohio woman contracted serious infection believed to have come from dog lick

(Newser) - A small cut on an Ohio woman's arm and a friendly lick from her dog led to what a GoFundMe campaign calls a "perfect storm"—and to the amputation of all her limbs. Stark County salon owner Marie Trainer's ordeal began May 10, when WJW reports...

Woman's Beach Stroll Proves Fatal
Woman's Beach Stroll
Proves Fatal
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Woman's Beach Stroll Proves Fatal

Florida's Lynn Fleming cut her shin, died of flesh-eating bacteria

(Newser) - It couldn't have started more innocently: Lynn Fleming, a 77-year-old Florida resident, was walking along the beach on Anna Maria Island when she stumbled, her son tells FOX 13 . "There was a little depression that she couldn't see because it was under the water," says Wade...

Man Who Didn't Enter Water Contracts Flesh-Eating Bacteria

Tyler King is recovering after scare

(Newser) - Tyler King did not directly touch water the day he was infected with flesh-eating bacteria. He doesn't know how it happened. But when his left arm began swelling, reaching three times its normal size, he rushed to an emergency room, CBS reports. "When I was a little bit...

Girl Recovers From Close Call With Flesh-Eating Bacteria
Vacation Turns Into Close Call
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Vacation Turns Into Close Call With Flesh-Eating Bacteria

12-year-old recovering after surgery

(Newser) - Kylei Parker scraped her big toe on a skateboard in Indiana, where she lives. It wasn't a big deal, but it hadn't healed when she waded into the ocean a few days later near Destin, Florida, while on vacation. That began a close call for the 12-year-old: an...

Diabetes Drug May Cause Infection That Destroys Genitals
Diabetes Drug May Cause
Infection That Destroys Genitals

Diabetes Drug May Cause Infection That Destroys Genitals

Researchers are concerned on link of SGLT2 inhibitors to Fournier gangrene, which can be fatal

(Newser) - A certain type of drug used to treat diabetes may help manage the disease, but a new study advises physicians to look for troubling signs of a dangerous flesh-eating infection in patients taking that drug—one that could even kill. Per USA Today , the study published in the Annals of ...

How to Tell if You've Got Flesh-Eating Bacteria

Pain 'out of proportion' with your wound is one red flag

(Newser) - People don't get flesh-eating bacteria very often, but it happens—and it's good to know it when you see it, LiveScience reports. A South Carolina man nearly lost an arm this week after contracting the infection while swimming, per WSPA , and USA Today reports on nine cases in...

He Ate a Bad Oyster, Died 2 Days Later

Saltwater bacteria Vibrio vulnificus claims life in Florida

(Newser) - A man dined on oyster at an unnamed restaurant in Florida's Sarasota County, only to die two days later from a deadly bacteria. The 71-year-old died July 10 from a bacterial infection caused by the bacteria Vibrio vulnificus, reports the South Florida Sun-Sentinel . Though such infections are rare—only...

8-Year-Old Falls Off Bike, Dies Days Later

Oregon's Liam Flanagan died from flesh-eating bacteria in his wound

(Newser) - It seemed like no big deal. Eight-year-old Liam Flanagan fell off his bike on the family farm in Pilot Rock, Oregon, and suffered a gash on his thigh from the handlebars, recounts People . It was serious enough to warrant a trip to the ER, where Liam got seven stitches, but...

He Fixed Flood-Soaked Homes Post-Harvey. Then, an Infection

Texas carpenter Josue Zurita died of necrotizing fasciitis 6 days after going to the hospital

(Newser) - A 31-year-old Texas man has died from flesh-eating bacteria, the third reported victim to be infected with the rare bug linked to Hurricane Harvey. Josue Zurita, a carpenter helping repair flooded homes, died on Oct. 16, six days after he went to the hospital with a serious infection to his...

New Mom Becomes Quadruple Amputee and Blames Hospital

Lindsey Hubley says doctors' negligence led to flesh-eating disease

(Newser) - When Lindsey Hubley visited a hospital complaining of a "sharp, distinct, abdominal pain" a few days after giving birth, she says doctors blamed constipation without examining her. The 33-year-old Canadian woman then headed home, only to return to IWK Health Center in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the next day, per...

Woman Dies of Flesh-Eating Bacteria From Harvey Floodwaters

Nancy Reed broke and cut her arm when she fell in her son's home

(Newser) - A Texas woman fell into Hurricane Harvey floodwaters at her son's home and ended up dead from flesh-eating bacteria. Nancy Reed, 77, is the second known person to contract flood-related necrotizing fasciitis after Harvey, the Houston Chronicle reports. She died Sept. 15, but the Harris County medical examiner's...

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