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Media faces challenges in covering coronavirus outbreak

NEW YORK (AP) — Covering the coronavirus story requires careful navigation and constant attention. News organizations trying to responsibly reporton the growing health crisis are confronted with the task of conveying its seriousness without provoking panic, keeping up with a torrent of information while much remains a mystery and continually advising readers and viewers how […]

Maine swim coach on pool deck despite medical setbacks

BANGOR, Maine (AP) —A college swimming coachhas endured a quadruple bypass after a heart attack, removal of cancerous tumors from his colon and wrists, and the amputation of part of his leg. But Husson University’s Butch Babin is still on the pool deck. Babin, 57, returned to coaching at the Maine college part time in […]

Flesh-eating bacteria linked to heroin kills 7 in California

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A flesh-eating bacteria linked to the use of black tar heroin has killed at least seven people over the past two months in the San Diego area, prompting health authorities to alert law enforcement and other officials in California. Nine people who injected black tar heroin between Oct. 2 and Nov. […]

News 8 On Call: What is Necrotizing Fasciitis, the flesh-eating bacteria?

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – The recent case of a New Britain man diagnosed with the so called flesh-eating bacteria, whose leg was reportedly amputated, is prompting a lot of questions. Necrotizing Fasciitis is a skin & soft tissue infection, and is extremely rare. Many of us though know it as a flesh-eating condition. Epidemiologist […]

Report of flesh eating bacteria concerns some beachgoers

During the summer a lot of people in Connecticut come to the shoreline to cool off. One New Britain man says he dipped his feet in the water at Hammonasset Beach State Park and contracted a flesh eating disease.

“You can contract anything like that anywhere. Sitting in a waiting room at MediQuick or going to your doctor’s office and sure I’m sure you probably can catch it in the water,” said beach-goer Sherry Crick of Meriden.

Family: Woman dies from flesh-eating disease in Florida

MIAMI (AP) — A 77-year-old woman was infected by flesh-eating bacteria and died nearly two weeks after she fell and scraped her leg while walking on a Florida beach, her family said Monday. Wade Fleming told The Associated Press that his mother Lynn Fleming, who retired to Florida’s Gulf Coast, stumbled and fell into the […]

Fort Benning basic trainee battles life-threatening, flesh-eating bacteria

U.S. Army basic trainee Dez Del Barba, who is from Stockton, Calif., is currently being treated at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. He has had 14 surgeries and his left leg had to be amputated above the knee since becoming ill at Fort Benning, according to his parents. The doctors are hoping they can save his right leg, his parents said.

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