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Thursday, August 16, 2007
Woman suffers from flesh-eating bacterial infection
By Felicia Mello, Globe Correspondent
A 35-year-old woman has contracted a rare flesh-eating bacterial infection after giving birth by Caesarean section at Emerson Hospital in Concord, the hospital reported today.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health said the incident does not pose a public health threat.
Necrotizing fasciitis afflicts less than two dozen people in Massachusetts each year, according to the health department, half of whom die. It can cause fever and boils and is usually brought on by a combination of genetic factors and contact with the common microbe streptococcus.
Emerson officials said the woman, whose name they did not release, was transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital for treatment Sunday.