A man in Florida has lost 25% of his skin after developing a life-threatening infection with carnivorous bacteria .
The 50-year-old man, David Ireland, who, according to Fox News first showed signs of illness on August 16, developing flu-like symptoms such as pain and fever. His symptoms worsened quickly and by August 20, he had extreme pain and was taken to the emergency room.
"He was fine in a minute and he got ill in the next one," Jody Ireland, David's wife, told Fox News. 19659002] David Ireland was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis commonly referred to as "carnivorous" bacteria that can destroy skin and muscle tissue. According to Newsweek
he is now in critical condition and underwent surgery three times, with about 25% of his skin removed from the ankle to the upper body.
Necrotizing fasciitis is a serious infection that spreads rapidly According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this can result in loss of limbs and even death. Different types of bacteria can cause necrotizing fasciitis, but the most common cause is a bacterium called Group A Streptococcus or Group A Strep. It is this bacterium that causes Ireland's infection, his family said.
Most commonly, humans develop necrosing fasciitis when the bacteria invade the body through skin fractures, including cuts, scratches, burns, and surgical wounds.
] In the case of Ireland, the bacteria could have entered his body through an open wound on his leg, Fox News reported. He is also suffering from diabetes, which puts him at higher risk of developing this infection.
Necrotizing fasciitis is still rare. In the United States, about 4 cases occur every year to 1
Ireland's family has created a GoFundMe page to cover its medical expenses. He is still in intensive care and is expected to undergo surgery soon.
"David is still in a life-threatening situation, but there are a few small victories every day," wrote Jody Ireland on the GoFund Me page. "My life is not the same without him, so I really pray for a miracle."
Originally published on Live Science .