Can You Get Flesh-Eating Bacteria From a Pool?

Can You Get Flesh-Eating Bacteria From a Pool?

- An Orlando, Florida man is in critical condition after his family says he contracted flesh-eating bacteria.

David Ireland, 50, was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis in group A Streptococcus (group A strep) after being admitted to the emergency room-and eventually the intensive care unit (ICU)-at a Florida hospital after showing flu-like symptoms, according to a GoFundMe page set up by his brother, Daniel Ireland.

Since then, David has undergone three surgeries, with doctors removing a quarter of the skin from his body, according to a GoFundMe page created by Daniel.

Daniel added that despite his brother's situation, he's shown some signs of improvement, such as acid numbers from his liver and his blood pressure stabilizing. That bit of information begs the question: Can you only get flesh-eating bacteria from natural bodies of water (lakes, rivers, oceans)-or can you also get it from pools and hot tubs?

Necrotizing Fasciitis is a fast-spreading and rare flesh-eating disease that can cause death if not treated, according to the CDC.

"There are many infections that look similar to necrotizing fasciitis in the early stages, which can make diagnosis hard", according to the CDC.

'They will also be checking for more infection and if so taking more skin off, and replacing his catheter'.

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Most commonly, people get necrotizing fasciitis when the bacteria enter the body through breaks in the skin, including cuts, scrapes, burns and surgical wounds, the CDC said.

Jody told Fox News doctors told her that the bacteria entered her husband's body through an open wound on his leg and "because he is diabetic, the bacteria turned into strep and started eating his flesh". Luckily, doctors were able to identify and begin treating Ireland relatively quickly, before the infection could reach his muscle tissue.

It's not clear how David contracted the bacteria.

"Later symptoms of necrotizing fasciitis can include: Ulcers, blisters, or black spots on the skin ... changes in the color of the skin ... pus or oozing from the infected area", the agency says.

"I miss my best friend very much", she said.

"This GoFundMe page would cover his hospital bills, living expenses for his wife, Jody Ireland, and their two young girls, Ruth and Rebekah", Daniel wrote.

On Sunday, she wrote: 'My life isn't the identical with out him so actually praying for a miracle'.

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