Alaska man victim of flesh-eating bacteria

  • Thu Jul 5th, 2012 8:43pm
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Associated Press

JUNEAU, Alaska — A Juneau man is in a Seattle hospital where he is being treated for flesh-eating bacteria.

The Juneau Empire said Ruben Pereyra was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle nearly two weeks ago.

Necrotizing Fasciitis is a rare, deadly condition. It happens when the skin is somehow broken and a naturally occurring bacteria gets into the body. The bacteria entered Pereyra’s system through a splinter. He may lose his arm.

The disease has been in the national news lately as the case of 24-year-old Georgia college student Aimee Copeland captured attention as she battled the flesh-eating bacteria. She lost her left leg, right foot and both hands.

Copeland recently left the hospital for a rehabilitation facility.