Flesh-eating bacterial infections are a real threat in areas with water floods


Zurita moved to the United States from Mexico to help his family and “remained to help with the rebuilding after hurricane Harvey.” Such infections as necrotizing fasciitis are very rare, Dr. Philip Keiser, the Galveston County local health authority explained. In fact, since 2010, about 700 to 1,100 cases occur each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.However, after Hurricane Harvey, three cases occurred in Texas. 

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Only one of them was saved. Several types of bacteria can cause necrotizing fasciitis and the infection can spread quickly and kills the body’s soft tissue. It can become lethal within a short amount of time. “As it spreads, it’s going up the space between the muscle and skin, and as it does that, it kills all the nerves and the blood vessels can clot,” Dr. Keiser said. To prevent such infections, every wound must be covered with clean, dry bandages until they heal, especially in the case of people who  work in floodwaters. The most important is to avoid contact with natural bodies of water if a wound exists.


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