What to Know About Necrotizing Fasciitis — the Flesh-Eating Bacteria Showing Up at Beaches

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Every summer, as the weather heats up and people head to beaches, pools and lakes to cool down, scary reports come in of people who have developed necrotizing fasciitis — a life-threatening flesh-eating bacteria that typically develops in the water.

The disease is very rare, with just 20,000 cases a year, and people should not spend their lives fearing the water — but there are a few facts and tips to keep in mind to avoid the fast-acting, potentially deadly condition.

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