Flesh-Eating Disease - Symptoms






Initially, the infected area appears red and swollen and feels hot. The area is extremely painful. After a few hours or days, the skin may become bluish-gray in color. Blisters filled with fluid may also form. The infected area becomes numb. An individual may go into shock and develop dangerously low blood pressure. The heart, kidneys, liver, and other organs may fail, leading to the patient's death.

Girl affected with flesh-eating disease. (Reproduced by permission of AP/Wide World Photo)
Girl affected with flesh-eating disease. (Reproduced by permission of
AP/Wide World Photo
)

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