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Flesh-eating bacteria facts

What is it? Necrotizing fasciitis or Group A Strep is a soft tissue infection that is rare but a very severe type of bacterial infection that can destroy the muscles, skin, and underlying tissue.

What causes it? It can occur in an extremity following a minor trauma or after the bacteria has a chance to enter the body in another way, like during surgery or a C-section.

(Source: National Necrotizing Fasciitis Foundation & U.S. National Library of Medicine)

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