Aimee Copeland has been in the news after contracting a flesh eating bacteria while zip lining on a zipline near Little Tallapoosa River on May 1. Aimme Copeland is a 24 year old form Georgia. She doesn’t remember the event that led to her critical hospital stay. Aimee Copeland fell from the zip line which caused a gash in her leg. Doctors cleaned it and stapled it shut but the bacteria was already inside. Aimee is currently in the hospital putting up a fight for her life. She has had to have her leg and some fingers amputated. The same bacteria that causes strep throat can cause the flesh eating disease. Aimee’s conditional was caused by Aeromonas hydrophila. The infection was likely obtained through the water in the Little Tallapoosa River.
Flesh eating bacteria is usually caused by Streptococcus pyogenes or Aeromonas hydrophila. When these bacteria get into the blood it can cause Necrotizing fasciitis. Unfortunately the Bacteria in our own mouth can be the cause of the infection.
Painful spots on the skin, black spots where tissue has died and open oozing wounds. You can also have a fever, sweat, feel nauseated, have chills or feel weak. You may feel extreme pain in areas where the bacteria has infected.
Immediate treatment is necessary. Every minute counts where dealing with an extreme infection such as one causing flesh eating Necrotizing fasciitis. The death rate in an individual is around 60% but with proper and immediate medical care you can survive. Broad spectrum antibiotics issued through an IV are the most important medical step. Surgery is usually required to remove areas still infected and to get rid of dead tissue.
Unfortunately the end result of a battle with Necrotizing fasciitis is usually marked with scars and amputated limbs. Amputation is needed to rid the body of large amount of infected tissues. Skin grafts may be needed to replace skin that was removed.
Every cut should be cleaned thoroughly, medicated and a bandage applied. If you receive more than a minor cut you should see the doctor to make sure everything is ok. At the first sign of anything wrong with the wound you need to seek medical help. Every minute counts when dealing with one of these extreme infections. Washing your hands thoroughly help to prevent bacteria form spreading so wash your hands as often as possible.