Posted by: Christopher Maloney, Naturopathic Doctor | May 17, 2012

Bacteria that caused flesh-eating infection more common than believed | GoUpstate.com

Aeromonas hydrophila. Gram stain.

Aeromonas hydrophila. Gram stain. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bacteria that caused flesh-eating infection more common than believed | GoUpstate.com.

The bacteria that caused the recent case of flesh-eating infection in the unfortunate zip liner is pretty much everywhere.  E.R. doctors should be watching for it whenever an injury occurs in fresh water.  It’s enough to make you wonder how fish ever manage to stay alive in there.

Once you get infected, its not so easy to get well.  The wound needs to be cleaned and sterilized.  Then you need the right antibiotic to kill the wee beastie.

“The majority of the Aeromonas isolates causing human diseases are unfortunately nearly universally resistant to penicillin, ampicillin, amoxicillin and 1st generation cephalosporins, but can generally be successfully treated with ciprofloxacin, Septra (SXT, Bactrim), and second- and third-generation cephalosporins.”


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