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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Virginia woman infected with flesh-eating bacteria after just 10 minutes in water

A week ago, Amanda Edwards spent hardly 10 minutes in the water of the coast of Norfolk, Virginia long enough to cool down, but was also long enough to catch a flesh-eating bacterial infection. 

The next day, she started feeling under the weather and noticed that she had a swollen red spot on her thigh. And after another 2 days, the redness spread and the swelling became unbearable she could no longer walk. 

So Amanda decided to visit the hospital to have herself checked. And they diagnoses her with a severe infection. 

They had to slice her leg open to stop the spread of the bacteria and drain the swelling and pack it with gauze for days. 

She is now talking a course of antibiotics and hardly a mark from her harrowing ordeal. Amamnda warns those who will swim this summer to always check  beach advisories to be sure the water is safe before you go in. 


'The way it was spreading, it was going up my leg,' Amanda said. 

'I was like "Oh my goodness...my leg is gonna fall off." she expressed.

The time she was in the water was short but she should have never went in as there was an advisory that day about the quality of the water at the beach - but Amanda didn't pay any attention to it. 

About a third of humans carry staph bacteria on their skin, where it's harmless, but this means it can also shed into the water. 

These bacteria are becoming more common, thriving in waters warmed by climate change and infecting more and more swimmers. 

Usually, a healthy, young woman like Amanda wouldn't need worry about what was in the water. 

Flesh-eating staph infections, like the one that Amanda contracted, are opportunistic and typically strike people with weakened immune systems from other conditions, the very old or very young. 

But if you have an open cut or wound, as Amanda likely did, the bacteria can sneak into the bloodstream beneath the skin. 

So always remember to be careful, people. And if you have any open wounds, avoid going in the water or having the wound wet.

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