Second case of flesh-eating bacteria reported in South Carolina

May 17, 2012SOUTH CAROLINAA second case of flesh-eating bacteria has been reported in South Carolina as a Georgia woman continues to battle the same kind of infection. Lana Kuykendall, 36, is in critical condition fighting a similar infection, her husband says. Doctors have removed skin and tissue from her legs. She is on a ventilator. In Augusta, Georgia, meanwhile, 24-year-old Aimee Copeland continues to battle a flesh-eating bacteria. Doctors already have amputated her leg and removed part of her abdomen. Her father says doctors probably will amputate her fingers to halt the bacteria’s spread. Copeland contracted the flesh-devouring bacteria Aeromonas hydrophila when she fell from a zip line May 1 and cut her leg. The gash required 22 staples, but days later, still in pain, she returned to the hospital, where doctors diagnosed her with necrotizing fasciitis. The psychology student is on life support and has since had a tracheotomy. An unrelated case of necrotizing fasciitis may be responsible for Kuykendall’s hospitalization in South Carolina. She gave birth to twins on May 7 but returned to the hospital days later after noticing a rapidly expanding bruise on her leg. Doctors have since removed dead skin and tissue from both of her legs. Kuykendall’s husband, Darren, said his wife is suffering from flesh-eating bacteria, though doctors have not publicly confirmed the diagnosis. Copeland is also on a ventilator. Still, Copeland’s father and Kuykendall’s husband say they remain positive about the women’s conditions. Various bacteria are responsible for the condition called necrotizing fasciitis, in which the bug attacks healthy tissue and destroys it. The bacteria are common in the environment but rarely cause a serious infection. When they do, the body’s immune system is almost always able to fight them off. –KVIA
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27 Responses to Second case of flesh-eating bacteria reported in South Carolina

  1. Phyllis says:

    oh no!I am in south carolina and this is some scary stuff right here.


  2. A couple oftyears back in Alberton South Africa a little boy lost his arm,shoulder and shoulder blade to thir virus. He was transported to Cape Town where the docter put him in a decompression tank. It saved his life. Plse investigate and help these people. GOD BLESS.


  3. Gail King says:

    My husband has survived two different bouts of nectrotizing fasciitis. One bout was after an abdominal surgery and took six months to heal with a wound vac. The other bout took one of his testicles. It is a scary situation and the weaker your immune system is, the easier it is for the bugs to take hold. His were both strep infections but he also had MRSA twice in his blood from a hospital installed pic line for IV feedings. Hospitals are not as clean as they should be.


    • Mel says:

      Hospitals are the absolute dirtiest places to be for people who are already ill. I worked in one of the most prominent university hospitals on the East Coast, and it was filthy. ALWAYS make any health care individual wash their hands, tuck in their tie, and clean the end of a stethascope. I have seen dried blood on hospital beds.


  4. Vahagn says:

    use Calcium Bentonite healing clay. mix clay and water then apply to infected area. will absorb the bacteria.


  5. K says:

    So sad. Praying for both women. I’m not doctor or any type of medical expert but it seems they most likely contracted it at the hospital. Hospitals can become the breeding grounds for anti-biotic resistant staph and necrotizing fasciitis. But I could be wrong. They are in my prayers.


  6. sealed says:

    I’m a nurse and have treated a few individuals with this. It is very aggressive and can occur from the most minor breaks in the skin (bug bite, pimple, etc…). As I understand it, there are only certain individuals that are susceptible to infection by this bacteria….although any and all of us carry it on our skin and in our nose. The most important thing is to be aware of cuts, bites, wounds and treat them with anitbiotic creams ASAP. If it changes for the worse, deepening pain or spreading warmth/redness, seek medical attention quickly. For some 2 or 3 days is too long to wait for medical attention.


  7. Mick says:

    I don’t think this has anything to do with this article and I know I’m off subject, but has anyone else been interrupted with an overwhelming amount of tests from the emergency broadcast system. I have had one everyday.


    • Dennis E. says:

      where might you be mick and at what time of day does it occur? most of us are probably
      at work when this happens?


      • Mick says:

        I live in New Jersey , it’s usually on around 10am est. or so. I work nights so I catch what goes on during the day when most people are at work


      • Dennis E. says:

        Ok, that is reasonable. When we have them here in NC that is about the time we have them but it has been a long time that we’ve had an exercise.


  8. nanoduck says:

    This strain of bacteria is the same kind that is typically found on skin, and cause skin infections like pimples and cuts. That kind of thing happens every day, and makes no difference if the bacteria is multiple antibiotic resistant or not. It becomes a problem if the person has weak immune system or the wound is deep and is heavily contaminated, and antibiotics are needed to help clear the infection. Then the antibiotics are no help and the person’s body is then at the mercy of the bacteria.


  9. robert dunn says:

    Tea Tree Oil works well too!


  10. Mel says:

    Quick note to shed some light on this subject. There are thousands of genus, species, sub-species, and sero-types of bacteria. Viruses are not alive; they are simply encapsulated strands of RNA or DNA and require a host cell in order to survive, although they can remain viable for extended periods in a dormant form. They are parasites.
    Bacteria are living organisms, and each of us have our own “universe”, supporting millions and millions of various bacteria. Some are necessary for life; for instance, intestinal flora create Vitamin K for the body.
    Certain bacteria create toxins, either enodtoxins or exotoxins. Even if the bacteria are eradicated, the toxin is what causes the necrosis in these cases. These toxins are so deadly as it only takes minute quantities to cause illness and/or death. I am concerned as every day more bacteria are developing the capability of creating toxins and the capability of mutating to become resistant to ALL antibiotics. There is no financial incentive for the development of new antibiotics, and the result will be that we will have no effective treatments for these organisms.
    I believe that biotechnology, nanotechnology, and the desire of a few to eradicate the rest of us is behind the rapid mutations of these organisms.
    The African cases of what they refer to as “nodding sickness” could very well be induced by miniscule amounts of toxins from Clostridium botulinum.
    Tea tree oil, garlic, and other natural remedies will clear some viruses and bacteria. It is almost impossible to clear the deadly toxins once they have formed in the body.
    I, too, would like to know what is behind these repeated tests of the EBS, given all of the events scheduled in May here in the US and abroad. Hmmmmmmmm……………………….. May the Lord God Have Mercy.
    Respectfully submitted.


    • Susan A says:

      I would like to recommend Colloidal Silver/Sovereign Silver 10 ppm one tsp or
      150 ppm 1/2 tsp – w/small amount of purified water —
      hold under the tongue for 30 seconds and swallow –
      You can buy these at your local health food store or Vitamin Shoppe.


      • Mel says:

        Pay close attention to the amounts; otherwise you turn into a Smurf (blue skin). Good for prevention and treatment of some organisms. Not effective for clearance of toxins.
        Jim Henderson died from Streptococcus pyogenes toxins. This bug causes strep throat.
        As an aside, and not to derail the thread here, but when the H1N1 (swine flu) hit in 2009, I was working in a large hospital in a major metropolitan area. Part of my job was running rapid flu tests; I noticed that persons of Hispanic origin constituted the majority of the cases.
        Remember the Georgia Guidestones? Reduce the world’s population by over 90%, and for those are “special” enough to live, be not a cancer upon the earth.
        Seems some have taken the worship from the Creator to the creation.


  11. Carla says:

    What events are scheduled in May here & abroad?


  12. elijahsmom3 says:

    Third case of Flesh Eating Bacteria


  13. nickk0 says:

    Elijahsmom beat me to it.

    In this article it states the following :–flesh-eating-disease-outbreak-sparks-fears-in-southeastern-u-s
    “Copeland was injured while she and friends were using a homemade zip-line along the Little Tallapoosa River. The zip-line broke and Copeland fell against a stone, cutting her calf.

    After the accident she was rushed to emergency where she received 22 staples to close the wound, but three days later she returned to the hospital in Atlanta in severe pain.

    ** It is not known whether she contracted the bacteria during the original accident or in the hospital.** ”
    [ emphasis on the last part ]

    Whether the disease was contracted in the outdoors – Or in the hospital – the ramifications are scary, either way…. But contracting this in a hospital, concerns me more.
    One might expect to find this in nature, but what about a supposedly ‘safe’ environment, such as a hospital ??


    • elijahsmom3 says:

      Hospitals are far from a safe environment. Two years ago I went back to school to become an STNA (State Tested Nursing Assistant). One of the first things we learned about are all of the bacterial infections that you can contract and transmit in hospitals and nursing homes (which, of course, people don’t talk about). MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), C-Diff.(Clostridium Difficile), and MANY forms of Staph. All of which tend to be resistant to antibiotics, but especially MRSA. Also the flesh eating bacteria or Narcotizing Faciitis. During my clinical hours, I watched with horror as many of the nursing assistants failed to follow universal precautions to stop the spread of infection.

      Once I finished my training, I had an elderly couple that I took care of for almost
      a year. EVERY time the husband had to go to the hospital or nursing home for additional care, he came back with C-Diff. He came back eventually with MRSA. During a hospital stay after he acquired the MRSA, I was again horrified to see a severe lack of protocol by the staff. On the front of his door, they posted a huge red sign that read: Attention! MRSA! Please use universal precautions! There were two girls that did not wash their hands as they entered the room, or as they left. He eventually ended up dying from complications of the infection. The antibiotics just didn’t work.

      After living through this, and seeing what I’ve seen first hand, I am brutal with family members when it comes to hospitals stays. I know I drive them nuts, but it’s worth it. I will also NEVER have a family member ever put into a nursing home.

      Many of the hospitals now have hand sanitizer at the entrance, in the hallways, in the doorways to patient room. Use them!! Carry your own, and use it if there is not access to a sink with soap & water. Or better yet, do both.

      Not to sound like a radical, but there is no place that is “safe”. All three of the people that contracted the flesh eating bug had some type of contact with or at the same hospital.

      Okay, I’m done. I usually don’t go on like this, but I guess it hit a nerve and brought back a lot of not good memories.

      Spread the word. People don’t realize what goes on.



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