Flesh-Eating Bacteria From Oysters Linked to Death in Texas
Jan 09 2018 by Kathy Alvarado
A woman's crabbing trip in Louisiana turned tragic after she died from a flesh-eating bacterial infection health officials say came from eating raw oysters.
According to her friend, Karen Bowers, LeBlanc became ill after the two of them went crabbing and then bought a sack of raw oysters from a market near Lafayette, Louisiana, which they both consumed, according to KLFY. Both LeBlanc and her friend, Karen Bowers, consumed almost two dozen oysters, but only LeBlanc began experiencing respiratory problems about a day and a half after the meal. An infected oyster is also indistinguishable by smell or taste.
Bowers added, according to the television station, that it first appeared to be "an allergic reaction of sorts, that's what I would call it. That's what we thought", Bowers told KLFY.
While media reports are calling this a flesh-eating bacteria, it's important to note that this is not one of the bacterial groups listed by the CDC as causing necrotizing fasciitis, the skin infection that destroys the body's soft tissue. "(She) had a rash on her legs and everything".
LeBlanc and doctors fought the bacteria for 21 days until she died on October 15, according to KLFY-TV.
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