First, to clarify, there are several types of bacteria that can cause necrotizing fasciitis, including group A Streptococcus (group A strep), Klebsiella, Clostridium, Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
How many types of flesh eating bacteria are there?
The disease is classified into four types, depending on the infecting organism. Between 55 and 80% of cases involve more than one type of bacteria. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is involved in up to a third of cases.
What does flesh eating bacteria look like?
The early stage of necrotizing fasciitis is characterized by symptoms of redness, swelling, and pain in the affected area. Blisters may be seen in the involved area of skin. Fever, nausea, vomiting, and other flu-like symptoms are common.
What is the most common flesh eating bacteria?
Various types of bacteria can cause flesh-eating bacteria. However, the two most common causes are Group A streptococcus and vibrio. These bacteria can live in lakes, oceans, swimming pools and even hot tubs. Group A streptococcus is a bacterium also known to cause strep throat, scarlet fever and rheumatic fever.
What is the flesh eating disease called?
Necrotizing fasciitis is an infection caused by bacteria. It can destroy skin, fat, and the tissue covering the muscles within a very short time. The disease sometimes is called flesh-eating bacteria. When it occurs on the genitals, it is called Fournier gangrene.