Blood drive for Aimee Copeland packed
Aimee's supporters are rallying Monday at a blood drive at First Baptist Snellville. Pre-registration is full, but there is a waiting list. A hotline has also been set up to check on wait times at 770-978-5758.
Protect yourself from the flesh eating bacteria
Aimee Copeland's fight for life continues to be one of the most common Internet searches in our area. But on Thursday, we noticed a shift. People wanted to know not just about her condition, but also about the illness itself.
Necrotizing fasciitis (NF), commonly known as flesh-eating disease or flesh-eating bacteria syndrome, is a rare infection of the deeper layers of skin and subcutaneous tissues, easily spreading across the fascial plane within the subcutaneous tissue.
Necrotizing fasciitis is a quickly progressing and severe disease of sudden onset and is usually treated immediately with high doses of intravenous antibiotics.
Type I describes a polymicrobial infection, whereas Type II describes a monomicrobial infection. Many types of bacteria can cause necrotizing fasciitis (e.g., Group A streptococcus (Streptococcus pyogenes), Staphylococcus aureus, Vibrio vulnificus, Clostridium perfringens, Bacteroides fragilis, Aeromonas hydrophila). Such infections are more likely to occur in people with compromised immune systems.