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A Florida woman said she nearly died after she contracted a flesh-eating bacteria from coastal waters.
Patty Born, 68, was heading home to Milton after a day of scalloping in Port St Joe - a Gulf Coast city in northern Florida - when she started to feel hot and nauseous.
Hours - Leg - ICU - WEAR-TV
Within hours, her right leg began turning red and swelling, and she was rushed to the ICU, reported WEAR-TV.
Doctors diagnosed Born with a rare bacterial infection known as necrotizing fasciitis and allegedly told her husband that they didn't know if she was going to live through the night.
Mean - Leg - Born - WEAR-TV - Water
'I mean to look at your leg...it looked like it was rotting off,' Born told WEAR-TV. 'It's scary. I haven't been back in the water.'
Necrotizing fasciitis is a rare bacterial infection that spreads quickly in the body and can cause the loss of limbs or death.
Cause - Infection - Body - Cut - Scrape
The exact cause of the infection is unknown, but it enters the body through the tiniest cut or scrape in the skin, with between 700 and 1,200 cases occurring in the US each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The health agency says that a prompt diagnosis and rapid treatment is key to stopping the infection in its tracks.
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