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Flesh-eating bacteria infects Juneau man

A Juneau man is in a Seattle hospital being treated for an infection of flesh-eating bacteria. The Juneau Empire says Ruben Pereyra was flown to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center nearly two weeks ago, where he remains in stable condition.

Necrotizing fasciitis is a rare, deadly condition. It happens when the skin is somehow broken and a naturally occurring bacteria gets into the body. The bacteria entered Pereyra's system through a splinter. He may lose his arm.

The disease has been in the national news lately as 24-year-old Georgia college student Aimee Copeland battled the flesh-eating bacteria. She lost her left leg, right foot and both hands.

Copeland recently left the hospital for a rehabilitation facility.



Associated Press