Flesh Destroying Virus hits UK

Richard Burge R.Burge at bay.cc.kcl.ac.uk
Thu May 26 16:31:31 EST 1994


In article <538601464wnr at brighton.demon.co.uk> Rob at brighton.demon.co.uk (Rob Lambkin) writes:

>> 7 cases have been reported in a few months arround Gloustoshire in England, 
>> although I heard mention that there had been infections in Norway and
>> New Zealand.
   ^^^^^^^^^^^
Where it goes by the quaint name of "galloping gangrene"...


>Actually it's staph A not a virus, there haven't been anymore cases than normal,

It's a beta-haemolytic strep. A, and there have been more cases than normal. 
About 10 cases of strep-related necrotising fasciitis are expected in the UK 
per year - isolated incidents. There have already been 12 deaths, and six of 
those were in Gloucester. It may not be a new disease, but the incidence is 
pretty high compared to what we're used to. Still not really that significant 
compared to deaths from cancer, heart attacks, car accidents or whatever.


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