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Grandmother came into contact with flesh-eating bacteria in Myrtle Beach, family claims

02 August 2017

The Myrtle Beach City Government issued a statement through Facebook, saying that it is aware of the incident, but that it was never contacted directly about the issue. Accurate diagnosis, prompt antibiotic treatment and surgery are important to stopping this infection. More than one type of fungus can cause this skin infection, but the most common is Rhizopus arrhizus (oryzae).

But in some unusual cases it can develop into necrotising fasciitis. "This is why the illness is called necrotizing fasciitis".

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Neither DHEC nor doctors have confirmed how the woman contracted the bacterial infection.

Bonita Fetterman, a grandmother visiting South Carolina's popular Myrtle Beach with her family last week, was standing on the balcony of their hotel when she cut her leg on a chair, her granddaughter told local NBC-affiliate WMBF.

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A photo with the post shows a painfully discolored and infected leg, and the victim on a gurney in the hospital. The cut was reportedly not serious, so she did not seek medical attention. According to family, she spent time in the ocean between 23rd Avenue North and 27th Avenue North in the days after she was cut. The Snellville, Ga., native was injured when a zip line that she was riding broke and plunged her into the Little Tallapoosa River, giving her a gash on her leg.

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Fetterman was initially treated at Southeastern Hospital in Lumberton, Hospital Spokeswoman Amanda Crabtree said.

She was transferred to UNC Medical Center where she underwent surgery to try to stop the bacteria from spreading to other parts of her body.

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It is a serious bacterial skin infection that spreads quickly to the body's soft tissue.

Keep draining or open wounds covered with clean, dry bandages until healed. Some victims get ulcers or blisters on the skin.

The exact cause of her wound is not clear at this time.

Wash hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub if washing is not possible.

Kruea, the Myrtle Beach spokesman, said there hasn't been a large number of phone calls from concerned visitors and that if the city knew the location of the alleged point of infection, it could order extra testing of the water.

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Grandmother came into contact with flesh-eating bacteria in Myrtle Beach, family claims