Necrotizing Fasciitis (NF) & Avian Flu (H5N1)
necrotizing fasciitis or flesh-eating bacteria attacks soft tissue. There’s no known preventative measure one can take, besides “keeping your skin intact”. Some reports seem to indicate that instances of this disease are on the rise. The CDC does not officially track the numbers of patients that present with NF on a yearly basis, but based on a 1999 study 600 cases were reported, and it’s estimated that 500-1500 cases occur in the US on a yearly basis.
NF is part of the Group A streptococcus family. The non-invasive forms of this bacterium include strep throat, and impetigo.
– A doctor tells of his experience with necrotizing fasciitis in April of 2004
– Edward Kopfman succumbed to necrotizing fasciitis on April 2nd. He’s the 9th person to become fatally infected in King County Washington this year.
– Cats may play a role in the spread and mutation of H5N1
– 9th person diagnosed with bird flu in Egypt appears to be stable