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Ohio man contracts rare flesh-eating bacteria while visiting Florida



(CNN) – GRAPHIC: Ohio man contracts flesh-eating bacteria in FL

One incident took place in the Gulf

Barry Briggs, from Ohio, said he was ill after a Tampa boating trip in March, and was rushed into Miami Valley Hospital at Dayton after returning home.

Briggs spent 11

Luckily doctors were able to save his foot.

Briggs was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis caused by group a Streptococcus bacteria which usually enters

Briggs story came to Florida after being hospitalized at the Tampa General Hospital for a flesh-eating bacterial infection.

Mike Walton said he was poked by a fishing hook 20 miles off the coast of Palm Harbor.

"I had like little blisters starting to shape on my hand and you could watch like sweat beads coming up on the side of the hand, and then they just turned black," he

Doctors told Walton he's lucky to be alive and

"When you look down and you can see your own tendons, back in your arms," [Walton]

Walton is now recovering from the antibiotics for the next month.

Briggs raises awareness of the illness flesh-eating bacteria can do

Necrotizing fasciitis is a rare infection and there are 700 to 1

200 cases in the US annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

However, researchers say they are under the investigation.

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