Flesh-Eating Disease

Flesh-Eating Disease – Streptococcus Pyogenes

Feb 20th – Flesh-eating disease is no dieter’s dream – it’s a headline-grabbing nightmare most commonly caused by crazed strains of Streptococcus pyogenes, the same bacteria responsible for strep throats. (The term necrotizing fasciitis dates from the 1950’s and refers to the “death” of the “fibrous tissues” between muscles; but Hippocrates described patients whose “flesh, …

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