Coroner Investigating Possible Case Of Flesh-Eating Disease

Wednesday, Montrose County Coroner Mark Young was working to determine if an extremely rare and debilitating disease is the cause of a Montrose man's death. Young performed the autopsy on a man who may be a victim of a dangerous illness known as Flesh-Eating Disease. He said the man went to a physician Tuesday complaining of pain in his arm. Within 24 hours he was dead.

If the disease if caught early it can be stopped, but the disease moves quickly and can be fatal. When present, a bacteria is able to make it past the normal defenses of the body and enter the blood or other tissues in the body. Most cases arise from a skin and tissue disease, not from strep throat.

The Centers for Disease Control reports that the number of case outbreaks from the 1980's to 1995 were on the rise in only three places, Sweden, The United Kingdom, and Colorado. Early symptoms and signs include fever, severe pain, swelling, and redness at the wound site.

This disease is a rapidly moving one that literally eats away at a person's flesh. At first it is relatively undetectable because it develops under the skin.

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