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Published on Jun 1, 2012
Necrotizing fasciitis, also known as flesh-eating bacteria, is a rapidly progressing disease which destroys muscles, fat and skin tissue. The term necrotizing refers to something that causes the body's tissue to die.
Many different types of bacteria can cause this infection. They include the following: • Streptococcus pyogenes • Staphylococcus aureus • Vibrio vulnificus • Clostridium perfringens • Bacteroides fragilis • Aeromonas hydrophila
Flesh eating bacteria does not actually eat human tissues. It causes destruction by releasing toxins that destroy the surrounding tissue. These infections are generally more likely to occur in people with compromised immune systems.