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Flesh-eating disease kills man

2010-07-13 08:55

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.