Health & Fit "The choice is life or limbs" for man infected with flesh-eating bacteria

20:50  11 july  2018
20:50  11 july  2018 Source:   cbsnews.com

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Man could lose limbs after contracting flesh - eating bacteria in New Jersey waters. In other words, it's a flesh - eating bacterial infection . The Centers for Disease Control only sees in about 200 such cases nationally each year.

“ The choice is life or limbs ,” Perez-Dilan told CBS Philadelphia. She told NJ.com that doctors at Cooper University Hospital are waiting to see if Perez, 60, responds to antibiotics before deciding whether they must amputate any or all of his limbs.

MILLVILLE, N.J. – It's a summertime tradition — fishing for crabs in rivers and bays. But a New Jersey man from Cumberland County who has done it many times before is now fighting for his life after contracting a flesh-eating bacteria while crabbing, CBS Philly reports.

"The choice is life or limbs and I've heard that multiple times," said Dilena Perez-Dilan, after her 60-year-old father, Angel Perez, contracted the disease while crabbing last week off the Maurice River in Commercial Township. "The sores started showing up on his legs and he started hallucinating."

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The flesh - eating bacteria naturally occur in warm coastal waters and can infect when someone’s open wound is exposed to brackish or salt water, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. The problem comes when an infection develops into necrotizing fascitiis, the

And Atkins was lucky, relatively speaking: Infection with flesh - eating bacteria is considered a surgical emergency, and can require limb amputation. But is there any reason for the rest of us to be concerned? Or was Atkins’s case a bacterial lightning strike?

Perez-Dilan says on July 2 her father was crabbing at his favorite spot near Matt's Landing on the river. Complaining of pain, he went to an urgent care center the next day and got antibiotics, but the swelling only got worse as the bacteria spread to his bloodstream.

"They told us that his kidneys shut down and that he would need dialysis immediately," she said.

a man wearing a hat: Angel Perez contracted flesh-eating bacteria while crabbing in New Jersey waters. © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Angel Perez contracted flesh-eating bacteria while crabbing in New Jersey waters.

Perez had to have a leg surgically drained as an infectious disease doctor investigated the cause of the infection. It turned out to be Vibrio vulnificus, a bacteria common to warm brackish water that is usually only a concern if you eat contaminated raw shellfish.

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Necrotizing fasciitis (NF), commonly known as flesh - eating disease, is an infection that results in the death of the body's soft tissue. It is a severe disease of sudden onset that spreads rapidly.

What Is a Flesh Eating Bacterial Infection ? Medical Author: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD. What causes flesh - eating disease? Although necrotizing fasciitis may be caused by an infection with one or more than one bacterium , in most cases, the term flesh - eating bacteria has been applied to

"Typically, when you get an infection like this, it enters through an existing wound and can spread throughout the bloodstream and can cause other complications such as necrotizing fasciitis, which he unfortunately got," said Cumberland County Health Officer Megan Sheppard.

In other words, it's a flesh-eating bacterial infection. The Centers for Disease Control only sees in about 200 such cases nationally each year.

"It's kind of creepy and I'm like we need to have gloves, we need to make sure we don't touch anything, wash our hands," said Raquel Myers, who lives in Commercial Township.

In Perez's case, he is immunocompromised because he has Parkinson's disease. With the prognosis still unknown, the Perez family is praying Angel leaves the hospital with his life and limbs.

"We've all been praying and I think our spirituality, our religion, has been allowing us to get through without going into a chaotic mess," said Perez-Dilan.

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Man Gets Necrotizing Fasciitis Crabbing in New Jersey .
He got necrotizing fasciitis while crabbing in the brackish waters of New Jersey. What started as a day of crabbing in New Jersey ended with a Pennsylvania man needing medical attention just hours later.Angel Perez went crabbing last week at Matt’s Landing in New Jersey and within a day of his trip, started to suffer from symptoms of an infection from flesh-eating bacteria, NJ.com reported.The 60 year old suffered from blisters, swelling, redness, pain and more in his limbs as a result of the necrotizing fasciitis he developed from the vibrio bacteria.

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