flesh-eating disease


: necrotizing fasciitis
Many people carry streptococcus without ever getting sick, so medical experts are baffled as to why some people develop the flesh-eating disease while others do not.Rosa Maria Santana
Known as necrotizing fasciitis, flesh-eating disease is a rare infection that spreads quickly throughout the body just under the skin.Arti Patel

Examples of flesh-eating disease in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, necrotizing fasciitis is a flesh-eating disease caused by a rare bacterial infection, which develops after bacteria enters the body through cuts, scrapes, burns or insect bites. Zoe G Phillips, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Jan. 2024 Necrotizing fasciitis is a flesh-eating disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).5 The agency issued a health advisory earlier this month to inform healthcare providers about an increasing number of fatal Vibrio vulnificus infections. Stephanie Brown, Verywell Health, 29 Sep. 2023 Many of the infections have been due to Aeromonas bacteria, which live in brackish water and can cause severe skin reactions ranging from mild cellulitis — red, swollen and painful skin — to necrotizing fasciitis, also known as flesh-eating disease. Jeremy Childs, Los Angeles Times, 31 Aug. 2023 Cole experienced a near fatal flesh-eating disease infection after a routine procedure to remove uterine fibroids in 2006. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 June 2023 The most dangerous species, Vibrio vulnificus, causes flesh-eating disease, but these infections are considered rare. Denise Chow, NBC News, 10 June 2023 Invasive strep can trigger skin infections like flesh-eating disease, lower airway infections like pneumonia, or streptococcal toxic shock syndrome, an immune reaction that can lead to organ failure. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 19 Apr. 2023 But iGAS occurs when the bacteria spread in the body and cause severe infection, such as necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating disease), toxic shock syndrome, or sepsis. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 10 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1994, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flesh-eating disease was in 1994

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“Flesh-eating disease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flesh-eating%20disease. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

flesh-eating disease

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