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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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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 ... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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 »

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