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Two women treated for rare 'flesh-eating' disease at Irish hospital

Greg Harkin

Published 08/09/2016 | 11:55

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Two women have been treated for a rare ‘flesh-eating’ disease within weeks at the same hospital, it has been confirmed..

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Medical staff at the Letterkenny University hospital’s maternity unit treated the women – in May and June – for Necrotising fasciitis.

A LUH spokesman told “There were two unconnected confirmed cases of Necrotising fasciitis in LUH earlier this year in the Maternity Unit.

“Necrotising fasciitis is a relatively rare condition. It is not a contagious infection so other patients were not at risk.

“As the infection resides with the mother post-delivery, there is no risk to the baby.

“Standard treatment was applied to address the condition including regular surgical debridement and antibiotic administration.”

According to Medical Daily, the rare but life-threatening infection attacks the body's soft tissue, hence the "flesh-eating" term.

Prevention includes good hygiene and wound care.

Although the actual incidences of the infection are rare, the bacteria that kill the tissues are not uncommon.

The disease is caused when bacteria comes into contact with an insect bite, burn or a cut.

The infection is generally not contagious, but patients can be prescribed medication to prevent the spread of infection.

Symptoms include soreness similar to a pulled muscle, warm skin, red or purplish areas of swelling, ulcers, blisters or black marks on the skin, severe pain, fever, chills, fatigue and vomiting.

A person showing these symptoms after an injury should consult a doctor.

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