OFW dead due to 'flesh-eating' bacteria (video)

A rare flesh-eating bacteria has caused the death of an Overseas Filipino Worker in Hong Kong, GMA-7’s primetime news “24 Oras” reports.

The OFW has reportedly died of necrotising fasciitis (NF), commonly known as flesh-eating disease or flesh-eating bacteria syndrome, a rare infection of the deeper layers of skin and the hypodermis.

Over seventy percent of cases are recorded in patients with either diabetes, alcoholism/drug abuse, malignancies, chronic systemic diseases, or those with weak immune systems, according to this Wikipedia page. It occasionally occurs in persons with normal condition.

Diarrhea and vomiting are said to be common symptoms. Patients having this disease usually have a fever and appear very ill.

If untreated, the infection will rapidly progress and eventually lead to death. Records show that mortality rate is as high as 73 percent

Video courtesy of YouTube/GMA7/24 Oras