Imagine being eaten alive from the inside out. This year alone, over 80 North Carolinians have been diagnosed with a strain of flesh eating bacterium known as Streptoccocus A.
This deadly bacteria has already killed eight people across the state so far and Pitt County Memorial Hospital has recently treated a person for the same infection. The bacteria, which already lives inside of you, destroys vital body tissues. It can cause death within 12 to 24 hours if not treated.
Doctors say it can stem from something as simple as a minor trauma to your body. But doctors want you to know it's unlikely the bacteria will manifest into a deadly disease. It mainly affects people age 55 and up and attacks four in 100,000 people.
Flesh eating bacteria is not contagious from person to person. Also, you cannot contract the infection at the hospital.
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Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention contributed to this report.