Flesh-eating disease is a thing of nightmares. This rare infection affects 600-700 people a year in the US and of these cases, 30% are fatal. But what causes this disease and how can you be sure to avoid it? This chart from the team at nyrequirements.com shows the different types of microbes that make up Necrotizing Fasciitis. The people who are most at risk of this deadly infection are folks 80 and up, those who are immunocompromised and those who just had surgery or another traumatic event occur to the body. Although flesh-eating disease is rare (has an infection rate of .04 per 100,000) it is still a very serious infection. In order for a skin infection to turn into a gangrene or necrotic tissue situation it has to be allowed to fester. If you get a scrape or wound no matter the size, you should immediately clean and disinfect the wound.
Read more about the types of bacteria that cause this terrifying disease below.
Infographic by: nyrequirements