Posted by: Chris Maloney | May 18, 2012

South Carolina woman ‘very ill, but stable’ with rare flesh-eating infection.

Photomicrograph of Streptococcus pyogenes bact...

Photomicrograph of Streptococcus pyogenes bacteria, 900x Mag. A pus specimen, viewed using Pappenheim’s stain. Last century, infections by S. pyogenes claimed many lives especially since the organism was the most important cause of puerperal fever and scarlet fever. Streptococci Español: La bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes raza Pappenheim Pappenheim’s stain of Streptococcus pyogenes bacteria @ 900x magnification. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

South Carolina woman ‘very ill, but stable’ with rare infection –

In order not to confuse the poor public, the media is not reporting that both of these illnesses are probably caused by different bacteria.

Aimee Copeland’s bacteria is water bound.  Unless Lana Kuykendall, the mother of twins, was wading in fresh water with her newborns, chances are good that she has a different bacteria, Streptococcus pyogenes.  The water borne version is much less common.

And yes, for all those out there who think, “strep, I’ve had strep.” Having strep does not mean your face will fall off.  99.9 percent of the time it goes away.  Only very, very rarely do people get Strep into their fascial layers (under the skin) where it eats and survives long enough to start an infection.

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