How does someone get a flesh eating virus?Like that one girl on America’s next top model! Like where,how can you get it?How did that girl on antm get it.How can i prevent it?
It’s caused by a bacteria not a virus. There is no flesh eating virus. This disease it causes is called Necrotizing fasciitis. Necrotizing fasciitis is caused by several kinds of bacteria. The most common cause is infection by a group A streptococcal (GAS) bacterium, most often Streptococcus pyogenes, which also causes other common infections such as strep throat or impetigo. Usually the infections caused by these bacteria are mild. In rare cases, however, the bacteria produce poisons (toxins) that can damage the soft tissue below the skin and cause a more dangerous infection that spreads through the blood to the lungs and other organs. The disease also may be caused by Vibrio vulnificus. Infection with this bacterium can occur if wounds are exposed to ocean water or the drippings from raw saltwater fish, or through injuries from handling marine crustaceans such as crabs. These infections are more common in people who have chronic liver diseases such as cirrhosis.Most people will not get necrotizing fasciitis. You generally do not have to worry about getting the disease, because the bacteria that cause the disease usually do not cause infection unless they enter the body through a cut or other break in the skin.In very rare cases, the bacteria can be spread from one person to another through close contact such as kissing. People who live or sleep in the same household as an infected person or who have direct contact with the mouth, nose, or pus from a wound of someone with necrotizing fasciitis have a greater risk of becoming infected.If you have been in close personal contact with someone who develops necrotizing fasciitis, there is a small chance that your doctor may recommend that you take an antibiotic medicine to help reduce your chances of getting an infection. 3 If you do develop any symptoms of an infection after being in close contact with someone who has necrotizing fasciitis, see your doctor right away.Most people who get necrotizing fasciitis are in good health before they become infected. You can lower your risk of infection if you:Wash your hands often. Keep all wounds clean. This includes cuts, scrapes, burns, sores caused by chickenpox or shingles, insect or animal bites, and surgical wounds. Watch for signs of infection, such as increased pain, swelling, pus, heat, or redness near the wound or fever of 100 (37.78) or higher with no other obvious cause. If signs of infection appear, seek medical attention promptly. If you recently strained a muscle or sprained a joint and develop fever, chills, and severe pain, seek medical care immediately. These may be signs of deep soft tissue infection. If you have severe pain, swelling, and fever, do not treat yourself with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen. If you have developed a soft tissue infection, these drugs may temporarily reduce the symptoms without treating the infection and may delay how quickly you seek proper medical care.
The only ‘flesh eating virus’ that I know of, is Panton Valentine Leukocidin, which is a derivative form of MRSA.
According to a report that reveals the true extent of the MRSA crisis in Britain, it appears that the UK has the worst record amongst the larger European Nations.
To make matters worse, a new ‘Superbug’ type of MRSA has killed a Nurse and a patient at an undisclosed hospital in the United Kingdom.
The hospital, which is located in the West Midlands, claimed that a total of eight people were infected and that two have already died. Four others have abscesses and boils as a result of this outbreak. This new ‘superbug’ which is known as ‘PVL-producing MRSA’ is in fact not new at all. It is a resurgence of a strain that was detected back in the 1930’s. It had accounted for around 60 per cent of all staphylococcus infections before the year 1960.
The report also disclosed that over 88% of hospital nursing staff, doctors and specialists, were failing to observe proper washing proceedures when dealing with already infected patients. The new outbreak of PVL, (Panton Valentine Leukocidin), which causes ‘necrotising fasciitis’ or ‘flesh eating bacteria’ has been associated with the new upsurge in general MRSA outbreaks and more resistant strains that have developed by the overuse of medical antibiotics.
According to Government guidelines, hospitals only have to report ‘bacteremia’ which are bloodstream infections and the underlying rate of MRSA goes mostly unreported. The true figures seem to be between 25,000 and 30,000 cases a year. Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s) are also exempt from reporting.
Around 50% of all cases in UK hospitals have the ‘drug resistant’ type of Staphylococcus aureus, MRSA. The cases in intensive care units are even higher at 65-70%, while our top-performing European neighbours have a level of 10% or less. In Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland, MRSA cases are very rare. In France, there is about a 20% infection rate.
Panton-Valentine leukocidin (PVL) is a cytotoxin that causes leukocyte destruction and tissue necrosis. It is produced by fewer than 5% of Staphylococcus aureus strains.
A collection of 172 S. aureus strains were screened for PVL genes by polymerase chain reaction amplification. PVL genes were detected in 93% of strains associated with furunculosis and in 85% of those associated with severe necrotic hemorrhagic pneumonia (all community-acquired).
They were detected in 55% of cellulitis strains, 50% of cutaneous abscess strains, 23% of osteomyelitis strains, and 13% of finger-pulp-infection strains. PVL genes were not detected in strains responsible for other infections, such as infective endocarditis, mediastinitis, hospital-acquired pneumonia, urinary tract infection, and enterocolitis, or in those associated with toxic-shock syndrome.
It thus appears that PVL is mainly associated with necrotic lesions involving the skin or mucosa.
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