No apparent connection between flesh-killing bacteria cases |

No apparent connection between flesh-killing bacteria cases

BOULDER – Health officials said they have found no connection between four cases of flesh-killing bacteria infections – including one fatality – in Boulder County in the past 16 months.Since University of Colorado physicist and Nobel laureate Eric Cornell was diagnosed with the rare, invasive form of streptococcus A bacteria in fall 2004, one person died after becoming infected and two others had to have multiple surgeries to remove infected tissue.There appears to be no evidence that strep A infections are on the rise in Boulder County, health officials told the Daily Camera newspaper. But they said the county does not track incidents of the infection.Nationally, there were an estimated 9,900 cases of invasive strep A in 2004, with about 770 resulting in necrotizing fasciitis, commonly known as flesh-killing disease, and 700 resulting in septic shock, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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