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Necrotizing fasciitis (General)

by dan @, Friday, July 05, 2019, 17:31 (163 days ago)

There has been an increasing number of click bait type headlines regarding 'flesh eating bacteria' aka necrotizing facilitis in the US media lately, specifically with regards to people getting infected on east coast beaches, primarily in Florida but also farther north. I'm wondering if the slight warming of the oceans is making it easier for this bacteria to thrive, which would explain the seeming increase in cases acquired via the water. Normally, this is an issue in hospitals.

Here's a screen grab of a news search on 'flesh eating bacteria':
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by dan @, Friday, July 05, 2019, 17:43 (163 days ago) @ dan

It appears that indeed climate change is allowing the bacteria to spread: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/flesh-eating-bacteria-may-be-spreading-to-be... Apparently the offending bacteria is Vibrio vulnificus. According to Wikipedia, Necrotizing fasciitis is a condition that can be caused by a number of bacteria, one of which, one of the worst in fact, is Vibrio vulnificus. If Vibrio vulnificus is spreading due to global warming, this raises the question of what other pathogens will benefit from climate change.

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by dulan drift, Saturday, July 06, 2019, 07:43 (162 days ago) @ dan

I'm not totally convinced about the flesh-eating bacteria being the new face of climate change - despite that poor guy who needed to have all his limbs amputated - but as you've mentioned before it could well be some hitherto unforeseen 'knock-on effect' that does us in

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