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Flesh Destroying Virus hits UK

Andreas Schroeder andi at medi.rhein-main.de
Wed May 25 15:15:51 EST 1994


In article <538601464wnr at brighton.demon.co.uk> Rob at brighton.demon.co.uk (Rob
Lambkin) writes:
>In article: <YAJCC.30.2DE2D493 at ntx.city.unisa.edu.au>  YAJCC at ntx.city.unisa.edu.au (James 
>Crockart) writes:
>> 
>> Reported in the paper, TV and radio news the other day was a story about a 
>> very nasty sounding virus. It was called necrosis.(s something.)
>> 
>> What it does, is attack a common bacteria (found in about 10% of the 
>> population) which causes the normally harmless bacteria to turn into some 
>> frightening disease which starts eating away at the subcutaneous layers of fat 
>> at about 1-4 inches an hour! It apparently feeds off the dead flesh and death 
>> occours in about 24 hours unless it is treated.
>> 
>> The only effective treatment of this disease so far has been the amputation of 
>> the affected limb.
>> 
>> 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.
>> 
>> Has anyone heard anything about this virus? How it is transmitted? Where it 
>> comes from? How long has it been known? 
>> 
>> To me it sounds like some deadly virus accidently released from some 
>> top-secret military lab...
>> 
>
>Actually it's staph A not a virus, there haven't been anymore cases than normal, but I 
>suppose the newpapers got bored, it was corn circles last year.
 
Sorry to correct you, but so I have read and heard it's strep not staph.
And it's transducted with a virus that makes it more virulent.
 
I totally agree with the second part of your sentence...

-- 
Andreas Schroeder




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