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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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

It Causes Gaping, Weeping Wounds, but We Don't Know How

Australian scientists are concerned by the rise of 'Mycobacterium ulcerans' infections

(Newser) - One of the least reassuring sentences you'll read this week: A flesh-eating bacterial infection that leads to "gaping, palm-sized ulcers" is on the rise, and experts have no idea how it's being spread. One of the more reassuring: It's happening in Victoria, Australia, so if you... More »

Hiker Barely Survives Infection From Flesh-Eating Bacteria

The odds are 250,000 to 1 it gets this bad

(Newser) - A Florida man is recovering from a month-long battle with a typically ho-hum bacterium that very nearly killed him. Health officials say he contracted group A strep, the strep throat strain that can live in our throats and noses and the environment around us, but which is capable of advancing... More »

Flesh-Eating Bacteria Takes Mom's Hand, Both Feet

More amputations may be needed

(Newser) - A Georgia mother and former Marine has been in the fight of her life since entering the hospital on May 25—a hospital whose staff dubbed her "Miracle Girl." That name came after Cindy Martinez survived surgeries to remove dead tissue from her body after being diagnosed with... More »

Floridian Is Now 3rd to Die of Seawater Bacteria

But he got the infection in Mississippi

(Newser) - At least three people in Florida have now died from a nasty warm-water bacteria called vibrio vulnificus this year, but the latest case should put people outside of Florida on alert, too. That's because the victim contracted it while on vacation in Mississippi, reports Tampa's Fox 13 . Florida... More »

Mud Run Leaves Woman Blind in Eye, With $100K Bill

Uninsured mom faces flesh-eating bacteria, steep medical tab

(Newser) - A young mother in Texas who holds down two jobs but doesn't have health insurance is in the fight of her life—doing battle with not just the necrotizing fasciitis that has already claimed the vision in her left eye but also with her $100,000 medical bill. It... More »

Flesh-Eating Bacteria Hits 5 in Chesapeake

One woman spends a month recovering after getting infected during kayak trip

(Newser) - A Maryland woman is lucky after a "wee beastie" invaded a cut on her foot while she enjoyed the waters of the Patuxent River, a tributary of Chesapeake Bay. The aggressive, flesh-eating Vibrio vulnificus bacteria multiply in warm weather and can cause skin and blood infections and intestinal illness,... More »

Flesh-Eating Bacteria Hits Southern Beachgoers

Several deaths reported

(Newser) - Not long after Florida warned beachgoers to be careful, new reports are emerging of tourists suffering from flesh-eating bacteria. The Weather Channel points to reports of at least three deaths in the state this year, while others have suffered from Vibrio Vulnificus in Alabama and Texas. A Georgia man ended... More »

Woman Falls Off Bike, Gets Flesh-Eating Bacteria

Doctors manage to avoid amputating college student's leg

(Newser) - It seemed like a minor cut. Kylie Marble and her grandfather were playing "bike tag" on a paved trail near Portland, Ore., when she fell off and cut her knee. The 21-year-old went to the hospital, got it stitched up, and thought that was the end of it …... More »

Student Hit by Flesh-Eating Bacteria Gets Bionic Hands

Aimee Copeland continues recovery

(Newser) - A Georgia woman who lost both hands, her left leg, and her right foot after contracting a flesh-eating disease has been fitted with prosthetic hands. Aimee Copeland, 25, has been fitted with a pair of hands with 24 programmable functions that will improve her dexterity. She got the "i-limbs"... More »

Flesh-Eating Bacteria Victim Goes Home

Aimee Copeland leaves rehab

(Newser) - Aimee Copeland celebrated leaving rehab yesterday with a trip to Longhorn Steakhouse for lunch, then spent her first night home in nearly four months watching Comedy Central with her sister. Copeland, who lost her hands, leg, and foot to flesh-eating bacteria after a zipline accident in May, spent two... More »

Alaska Man Battling Flesh-Eating Disease

He may lose arm to infection caused by splinter

(Newser) - Another case of the rare flesh-eating infection necrotizing fasciitis has surfaced, this time in Alaska. Juneau man Ruben Pereyra was flown to a hospital in Seattle where he has been fighting the infection for two weeks, the Juneau Empire reports. He is in stable condition but may lose an arm.... More »

Student With Flesh-Eating Bacteria Leaves Hospital

Aimee Copeland defies doctors' expectations, heads to rehab

(Newser) - Aimee Copeland, the woman diagnosed with a rare, flesh-eating disease , left the hospital today after nearly two months and headed to an inpatient rehabilitation clinic, where she'll learn to move with the aid of a wheelchair after having her left leg, right foot, and both hands amputated. Copeland's... More »

Flesh-Eating Victim Finally Speaks

Aimee Copeland talking for first time since early-May hospitalization

(Newser) - For the first time in nearly a month, flesh-eating bacteria sufferer Aimee Copeland has graduated from mouthing words to actually speaking, reports WRDW . "Today…May 27……is AIMEE DAY!!!" her father blogged yesterday; her family has been using the phrase to refer to the day she would... More »

4th Victim Loses Leg to Flesh-Eating Bacteria

Paul Bales cut himself working on dock in Lake Sinclair

(Newser) - An astounding third victim in Georgia—the fourth in recent weeks in the Southeast—has been infected by a flesh-eating bacteria and has already lost his leg to the disease. Paul Bales cut his leg three weeks ago while removing a section of dock on Lake Sinclair in Milledgeville. "... More »

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