Two women treated for rare 'flesh -eating' disease at LUH

Two women treated for rare 'flesh -eating' disease at LUH
By Ciaran O'Donnell @dgldemocrat

Two women have been treated for an extremely rare ‘flesh-eating’ disease at Letterkenny University Hospital, the Donegal Democrat has learned.

Medical staff at the hospital’s maternity unit treated the women – six weeks apart – for necrotizing fasciitis earlier this year.

The Donegal Democrat understands doctors were forced to cut tissue away in order to treat both patients. The illness is fatal in one in four cases and there are just 15 to 20 cases each year in Ireland.

For two cases to occur in the same hospital a few weeks apart is extremely rare, reliable sources said. The common bacteria, Group A streptococcus, was found in both cases following laboratory examination.

For the full story see today's Donegal Democrat.