Hurricane Harvey and Necrotizing fasciitis

The Center For Disease Control ( CDC ) recently released results of the types of bacteria present in the flood waters in Texas.  The CDC stated that there was a clear and present danger for individuals walking through this water.  The CDC stated that individuals with cuts or sores on their body could contract necrotizing fasciitis also called the flesh eating bacteria syndrome.

Several types of bacteria can cause necrotizing fasciitis.  The bacteria are: 1) Streptococcus pyogenes, 2) Staphylococcus aureus, 3) Clostridium perfringens, and 4) Vibrio vulnificus.

Given this information, it would seem wise for a CDC representative to be present in Texas to advise responders.  All individuals should avoid skin contact with the flood waters as much as possible.

R. Van Conoley



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