Flesh-eating disease kills man
Hong Kong - A 74-year-old man has died in Hong Kong from a flesh-eating disease, a media report said on Tuesday.
The unnamed victim was admitted to hospital on July 7, two days after developing a fever and pain in his left ankle, the South China Morning Post reported.
An operation to remove dead tissue from the man's lower left leg was carried out on July 8 but he died on the same day.
The Centre for Health Protection said blood and tissue samples subsequently grew vibrio vulnificus, a type of bacteria causing necrotising fasciitis, or flesh-eating disease.
Tests on family members showed no signs of the disease.
A health department spokesperson said necrotising fasciitis was a serious bacterial infection of soft tissue which could cause death between 12 and 24 hours after infection.