Flesh Eating Bacteria Strikes Victim: Are You at Risk?

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By: / May 15, 2012

A blood drive is now being held for 24-year-old student Aimee Copeland is who is currently fighting a life threatening flesh-eating bacteria.

After news broke that Copeland’s leg had been amputated and the infection is spreading through her body, townspeople planned a drive at the University of West Georgia which takes place in the school’s gymnasium from 2 to 7 p.m. today.

The 24-year-old’s infection arose after she cut herself while zip-lining over a river.

In case you are worried that you too are at risk of contracting the deadly infection, the Associated Press reports that these kinds of infections are very rare, with only 750 cases per year.

In addition, the most common cases of flesh-eating bacteria are caused by strep and are very unlikely to be fatal, boasting 4/5 survivors of these infections.

Aeromonas hydrophila, the species responsible for Copeland’s infection, has affected very little people in recent decades.

Aeromonas are said to be found in warm, salt water and affect only deep flesh wounds, which can be treated with an immediate trip to the hospital.