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Flesh-Eating Bacteria Strikes in Florida

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water in Florida . . .

Last year, it was the red tide; this year, it's necrotizing fasciitis, a skin infection caused by rare bacteria that enters the body through a break in the skin and aggressively attacks muscles and other organs. At least four people who entered the water at beaches along the Gulf Coast in June and July have suffered from it, two of them fatally.

Kylei Brown, a 12-year-old from Indiana, contracted the flesh-eating disease in the calf on her right leg after wading around in the Gulf of Destin. Barry Briggs from Waynesville, OH, nearly lost his foot to the infection while on vacation in Tampa Bay....

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