flesh-eating bacterium


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flesh-eating bacterium

A colloquial name given in the popular media to a rare invasive infection of the skin and underlying soft tissue by group A streptococcus. The infection is difficult to treat with antibiotics alone because it progresses rapidly through tissue planes. Emergency surgical debridement is required. See: necrotizing fasciitis
See also: bacterium
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