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


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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