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Flesh-Eating bacteria present in the Philippines

| On 29, Aug 2012

ABS-CBN just reported that an OFW in Hong Kong died due to a bacteria that consumed his flesh.

According to some local experts, necrotizing fasciitis or what is popularly known as flesh-eating disease is caused by a very rare bacteria.

Dr. Rey Salinel, a local infectious disease expert said that everyone can have this. He added that one of the most popular bacteria that can cause this is the Group A Streptococcus (causes sore throat) and Vibrio vulnificus, which is common for fresh fish and brackish water. He confirmed that the bacteria are present around the world.

He added that people who got infected by this disease are those with weak immune system.

According to Pub Med Health the point entry can be the smallest wounds or even contusion (pasa).

Symptoms of this disease are the following:

  • Small, red, painful lump or bump on the skin
  • Changes to a very painful bruise-like area and grows rapidly, sometimes in less than an hour
  • The center may become black and die
  • The skin may break open and ooze fluid

Symptoms may include fever, vomiting, chills, nauzea and many more. That’s why it can be mistaken into simple fever.

If a person was diagnosed positive with this disease, doctors can use powerful antibiotics, strengthen the immune system of the patient, surgery to remove the infected part, and amputation.

The ABS-CBN News said that there are cases of such disease in the Philippines, but there are no data to determine the exact number.

Cleanliness is the key to prevent this type of disease.

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