home
RSS
Say what? 'Flesh-eating bacteria' explained
The microscopic Aeromonas hydrophila is found in freshwater or brackish water environments, according to the FDA.
May 14th, 2012
10:06 AM ET

Say what? 'Flesh-eating bacteria' explained

It sounds like something out of a horror film - a micro-organism that enters through an open wound and begins to consume your body from the inside out.

Unfortunately flesh-eating bacteria, or necrotizing fasciitis, isn't fiction. Aimee Copeland, a 24-year-old graduate student from Georgia, is fighting for her life in an Augusta hospital after contracting one type known as aeromonas hydrophila during a zip line adventure.

Aeromonas hydrophila is found in most, if not all, freshwater or brackish water environments (water that contains salt but is not saltwater), according to the Food and Drug Administration's "Bad Bug Book."

It is sometimes swallowed by swimmers, causing stomach or intestinal problems such as vomiting and diarrhea. It can also be found in fish and shellfish. The severity of the gastrointestinal infection depends on your immune system's ability to fight it off, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Aeromonas hydrophila can also enter the body through an open wound, as happened in the Copeland case. When that occurs the flesh-eating bacteria quickly reproduces, giving off toxins that destroy skin and soft tissue. Such bacteria is adept at hiding from the body's immune system, according to the National Necrotizing Fasciitis Foundation.

If necrotizing fasciitis is detected early, only skin or fat may need to be removed. But if the infection is detected later, amputation may be necessary to stop the spread of the bacteria.

Dr. William Schaffner, president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, says when Aeromonas hydrophila enters through an open wound, early diagnosis is difficult. The bacteria does its damage deep in the tissue and doesn't manifest itself on the skin's surface.

Patients should pay attention to any pain coming from a closed wound, as well as redness or drainage, he told CNN.

The frequency of Aeromonas hydrophilia infections is unknown, the FDA notes, because researchers only recently began trying to collect numbers.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that each year there are about 10,000 U.S. cases of group A streptococcus, a collection of bacteria that includes necrotizing fasciitis. Approximately 20% of the cases of necrotizing fasciitis are fatal, according to the CDC.


soundoff (573 Responses)
  1. Filozofia

    Urodziles sie po to, by wiesc nadzwyczajne zycie, robic nadzwyczajne rzeczy i pomlc nadzwyczajnej liczbie ludzi. – Mike Litman

    http://www.filozofia.xmc.pl

    February 17, 2021 at 07:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. AbcfTeneseelt

    non prescription viagra las vegas nv generic viagra buy viagra

    February 18, 2021 at 02:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Rufussoync

    Free Autocad courses

    February 18, 2021 at 08:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. web page

    We're a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community.
    Your weeb site offered us with valuable information to work on. You've done a formidable job
    and our entire community will be thankful to you.
    web page

    February 18, 2021 at 15:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Kongres USA

    Rlznica miedzy niemozliwym a mozliwym lezy w ludzkiej wiarze i determinacji. Tommy Lasorda & ZeroCool... M$ Thx

    http://www.usa.xmc.pl

    February 21, 2021 at 03:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. https://www.shinsen-mart.com

    Best view i have ever seen !

    https://images.google.com.do/url?q=https://www.shinsen-mart.com

    February 22, 2021 at 01:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. froleprotrem

    I would like to thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this web site. I'm hoping the same high-grade blog post from you in the upcoming as well. In fact your creative writing skills has inspired me to get my own blog now. Actually the blogging is spreading its wings quickly. Your write up is a good example of it.

    http://www.froleprotrem.com/

    February 25, 2021 at 05:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Roofing Company in Millbrook AL

    854978 463792Last month, when i visited your blog i got an error on the mysql server of yours. ~, 621237

    February 25, 2021 at 18:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. frolep rotrem

    I have read some good stuff here. Certainly worth bookmarking for revisiting. I surprise how much effort you put to make such a wonderful informative web site.

    http://www.froleprotrem.com/

    February 26, 2021 at 05:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. KndnMile

    how to get viagra without a prescription how long does viagra take to kick in buy viagra cheaper

    February 27, 2021 at 04:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. froleprotrem

    I like this post, enjoyed this one appreciate it for putting up.

    http://www.froleprotrem.com/

    February 27, 2021 at 09:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Cukrzyca

    Kobiety nie lubia bohaterow, lubia zwyciezcow... Cult of Flawless Victory RUlz. R. Beauvais! POZDRO 600!

    http://www.cukrzyca.xmc.pl

    February 27, 2021 at 10:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Typy cukrzycy

    Kazdy potrafi wspolczuc cierpieniom przyjaciela. Ale cieszenie sie jego sukcesem wymaga charakteru wysokiej klasy. Oscar Wilde.

    http://www.cukrzyca.xmc.pl

    February 27, 2021 at 23:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. link pendaftaran cpns lulusan sma 2021/2022

    370100 719142I surely didnt know that. Learnt 1 thing new these days! Thanks for that. 750239

    February 28, 2021 at 05:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. ClarkTauts

    iwy5m exsev eycm

    February 28, 2021 at 10:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. https://www.songmanhits.com

    Best view i have ever seen !

    https://maps.google.co.il/url?q=https://www.songmanhits.com

    March 1, 2021 at 00:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. ClarkTauts

    eufsu kf0sy s7dz

    March 1, 2021 at 02:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. ClarkTauts

    z121j blsqy 4i6d

    March 1, 2021 at 05:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. FjjuZisse

    is viagra covered by health insurance viagra instructions get viagra

    March 1, 2021 at 20:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Gatunki Szkła

    Dobre zycie przypada w udziale tym, ktorzy sie o nie staraja. – Lew Tolstoj

    http://www.glass.xmc.pl

    March 1, 2021 at 22:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. NbmoZisse

    price of cialis in pakistan sex pills cialis buy cialis online

    March 2, 2021 at 13:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. froleprotrem

    My partner and I absolutely love your blog and find most of your post's to be exactly what I'm looking for. can you offer guest writers to write content for you? I wouldn't mind creating a post or elaborating on a few of the subjects you write with regards to here. Again, awesome site!

    http://www.froleprotrem.com/

    March 2, 2021 at 16:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Gudrun Manz

    I'm really enjoying the design and layout of your site. It's a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more pleasant for me to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a designer to create your theme? Outstanding work!

    https://Proxyti.com/buy/1000-private-proxies

    March 2, 2021 at 18:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. froleprotrem

    obviously like your web-site but you have to test the spelling on quite a few of your posts. Several of them are rife with spelling problems and I in finding it very troublesome to inform the reality however I will surely come again again.

    http://www.froleprotrem.com/

    March 3, 2021 at 23:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. North Carolina Directory

    468335 830312It is not that I want to duplicate your site, but I genuinely like the style. Could you tell me which style are you utilizing? Or was it custom created? 790217

    March 14, 2021 at 09:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Znaczenie Leasingu

    Zadawanie pytań sprawia, ze czujesz, ze zyjesz. – Albert Espinosa

    http://www.eleasing.xmc.pl

    March 21, 2021 at 05:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. JvqqEncox

    https://dissertationahelp.com/ – dissertation guide what is dissertation online dissertation writing umi dissertations

    March 23, 2021 at 04:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. AbgcEncox

    https://thesiswritingtob.com/ – help with thesis writing good thesis writing thesis service thesis statement for research paper

    March 23, 2021 at 14:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Leasing Struktura

    To jest prawdziwa przyjazń – oslaniac innych nawet kosztem siebie. Prymas Stefan Wyszyński...

    http://www.eleasing.xmc.pl

    March 23, 2021 at 23:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. KbdnMile

    https://papersonlinebox.com/ – how to write my paper apa papers for sale paper writer online write my business paper

    March 24, 2021 at 06:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. JvbdCrulk

    https://essaywritera.com/ – application essay writing service essay writing services mba essay service essay writing services singapore

    March 24, 2021 at 06:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Kanisha Harbus

    Hmm it seems like your blog ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I'll just sum it up what I submitted and say, I'm thoroughly enjoying your blog. I too am an aspiring blog blogger but I'm still new to the whole thing. Do you have any tips for first-time blog writers? I'd genuinely appreciate it.

    http://www.froleprotrem.com/

    March 24, 2021 at 11:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. LmoppEncox

    http://essaywriteris.com/ – best essay writers essay writers essay writing website reviews write my essay for money

    March 24, 2021 at 16:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Mina Wanca

    I am so happy to read this. This is the kind of manual that needs to be given and not the accidental misinformation that is at the other blogs. Appreciate your sharing this best doc.

    http://www.froleprotrem.com/

    March 24, 2021 at 18:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Van Colglazier

    I've learn a few just right stuff here. Definitely price bookmarking for revisiting. I surprise how much attempt you set to create any such excellent informative website.

    http://www.froleprotrem.com/

    March 25, 2021 at 04:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Arie Bonomini

    The next time I read a blog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as much as this one. I mean, I know it was my choice to read, but I actually thought youd have something interesting to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something that you could fix if you werent too busy looking for attention.

    http://www.froleprotrem.com/

    March 25, 2021 at 04:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. GrvCrulk

    https://kloviagrli.com/ – viagra or cialis https://vigedon.com/ – get viagra prescription https://llecialisjaw.com/ – cialis canada https://jwcialislrt.com/ – viagra vs. cialis https://jecialisbn.com/ – cialis otc usa

    March 25, 2021 at 05:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. BrfgMile

    https://ljcialishe.com/ – free samples of cialis https://cialisvja.com/ – non prescription cialis https://viagraonlinejc.com/ – when is viagra going generic https://viagratx.com/ – women in viagra commercials https://buycialisxz.com/ – cialis goodrx

    March 25, 2021 at 05:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Jessie Plain

    Interesting blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere? A theme like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make my blog stand out. Please let me know where you got your theme. Thanks

    http://www.froleprotrem.com/

    March 25, 2021 at 07:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. AbgcEncox

    https://thesiswritingtob.com/ – phd thesis defense phd degree proquest thesis search thesis phd

    March 26, 2021 at 08:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. mayggW

    Заказать seo поисковую оптимизацию сайта, Заказать услуги по продвижению сайта По всем возникшим вопросам Вы можете обратиться в скайп логин pokras7777Раскрутка сайта под ключ
    .Так же собираем базы Обратесь всегда будем рабы вам помочь https://seoprofisional.ru/bazy

    March 28, 2021 at 06:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Shirley Duttweiler

    Keep up the good piece of work, I read few articles on this site and I think that your weblog is real interesting and contains bands of good info .

    https://www.electricpercolatorcoffeepot.com/10-top-coffee-bloggers/

    March 28, 2021 at 16:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Eduardo Macknight

    What i don't realize is in reality how you're now not actually a lot more smartly-favored than you might be now. You're so intelligent. You realize therefore considerably on the subject of this topic, produced me in my opinion consider it from numerous various angles. Its like men and women don't seem to be involved except it is something to accomplish with Lady gaga! Your personal stuffs great. Always deal with it up!

    https://www.electricpercolatorcoffeepot.com/10-top-coffee-bloggers/

    March 28, 2021 at 17:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. mayggW

    Заказать seo поисковую оптимизацию сайта, Заказать услуги по продвижению сайта По всем возникшим вопросам Вы можете обратиться в скайп логин [b]pokras7777[/b]Раскрутка сайта под ключ
    .Так же собираем базы Обратесь всегда будем рабы вам помочь https://seoprofisional.ru/bazy

    March 29, 2021 at 18:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. AbgcEncox

    https://thesiswritingtob.com/ – thesis writing services thesis proposal example how to write thesis proposal writing a thesis paragraph

    March 31, 2021 at 14:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Floyd Sockwell

    This is a good tip especially to those new to the blogosphere. Simple but very precise information… Appreciate your sharing this one. A must read post!

    https://extraproxies.com/i-write-10-reviews-on-5-star-your-google-page-for-10/

    March 31, 2021 at 22:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. FbshEncox

    https://thesisacloud.com/ – good thesis writing help with writing a thesis thesis help online thesis abstracts online

    April 2, 2021 at 08:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Taxes.XMC.PL

    Zycie jest zbyt krotkie, aby pic kiepska herbate, czytac zle ksiazki i marnowac czas na ludzi, dla ktorych nic nie znaczymy. http://www.xmc.pl

    http://www.taxes.xmc.pl

    April 3, 2021 at 10:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. sildenafil citrate 100mg tablets

    sildenafil citrate online https://eunicesildenafilcitrate.com/ sildenafil generic australia

    April 4, 2021 at 01:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Buick

    Таможенный агент "Азия-Трейдинг"

    April 4, 2021 at 16:04 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Leave a Reply to FbshEncox


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

Advertisement
About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.