The following are some facts about flesh-eating bacteria:
1) Flesh eating bacteria (FFB) are not harmful to humans or animals.
They do not cause disease. However, they may carry certain diseases such as salmonella poisoning. These infections can lead to severe illness and even death if left untreated. FSB are found in water bodies throughout the world including lakes, rivers, streams, ponds and oceans.
2) FSB are microscopic organisms that live in soil, dust, dirt and other organic matter.
They can survive for long periods of time without oxygen. When they come into contact with human skin, their growth causes them to grow larger than normal and multiply rapidly. This leads to the formation of a red spot on your body which is called erythema migrans (EM).
3) Erythema migrans is caused by the presence of FSB.
The organism produces a substance that causes it to appear red. This redness results from the accumulation of dead skin cells, oil and other substances within the area where you have been bitten. The redness appears as a raised patch on your skin which looks like a rash or scab. If left untreated, this condition will result in pain and itching which can become very painful and uncomfortable when touched.
4) There is no vaccine or medication to prevent you from getting an infection from FSB.
You can only take certain preventative measures that will limit your chances of getting infected. When swimming or engaging in other water activities, it is important to stay out of the water if you have a cut, scrapes, abrasions or other open wounds. Otherwise, you risk exposing yourself to all sorts of potentially dangerous bacteria which can cause serious illness and even death.
5) The main treatment for an infection caused by flesh-eating bacteria is to take as much care of the wound as you can.
You should keep it clean and avoid exposing it to dirt, dust or other foreign materials that may contain harmful microorganisms. It is also a good idea to consult a doctor for treatment with antibiotics if your condition worsens or does not get better within a few days.
These are some facts about flesh-eating bacteria.
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