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Family shares warning after memphis man from coastal flesh-eating bacteria



MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Flesh-eating bacteria near the coast is making the rounds in nationwide headlines, and a Memphis one is one of the few victims to die from it.

Cheryl Wiygul

That's why we were on the Gulf Coast bay and swimming at Boggy Bayou.

She writes her father had cancer, and his immune system had been compromised. Neosporin and liquid-banded AIDS:

"The term flesh-eating bacteria is a conglomeration of several Types of infections, "Dr. Steve Threlkeld, an infectious disease specialist at Baptist Hospital, said." The classic one is group A strep and causes strep throat.

Wiygul's father, but unfortunately, that's where her father ended up about 24 hours after getting out of the water.

Necrotizing fasciitis, or that flesh-eating bacteria, that soon after led to his death.

She said she had no idea patients with depleted

"When you're going to the beach, do not swim in the water if you're immune-suppressed, high-dose immune suppressants like Threlkeld said.

Threlkeld said this bacteria is much more likely to live in warm waters like the Gulf, and you can So catch it from eating raw seafood.

Wiygul said she'd like to see more wa rnignage signage and beach cities promoting awareness.

But overall, the doctor said it was very rare.

Threlkeld said there is a higher risk of contracting the disease after a hurricane or tropical system – anytime the water is extra warm. He does not know if there have been any cases of flesh-eating bacteria this year than before. He said recent cases have just happened all around the same time.


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