Beach Bummer: Flesh eating bacteria?

Woman claims she contracted flesh-eating bacteria infection while swimming at Myrtle Beach; health officials say many factors are at play and no direct link has been established.

(WMBF) The family of a Lumberton, North Carolina woman posted to social media that she is in stable condition after allegedly coming in contact with a flesh-eating bacteria while staying in Myrtle Beach.

The victim was airlifted to UNC Medical Center from Southeastern Hospital in Lumberton on Sunday morning in critical condition, according to messages WMBF News received from her family members.

According to her granddaughter, the family was vacationing in Myrtle Beach last week. The victim was on the balcony of their hotel when she lost her balance in the wind and cut her leg on a chair. The cut wasn’t serious, so she did not seek medical attention.

On Saturday, the day the family left Myrtle Beach to return to Lumberton, she discovered blisters on her leg. Later that night, the victim’s leg was completely purple and covered in blisters. Her blood pressure was also extremely low. That’s when her family decided to take her to Southeastern Hospital in Lumberton.

“If she stayed there, she had like a 10 percent chance of surviving, and they were to amputate her leg,” the granddaughter said.

Sunday morning, the woman was airlifted to UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill and went into surgery an hour later.

South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control released the following statement about the incident: “DHEC is aware of the news reports of a potential case of necrotizing fasciitis in the Myrtle Beach area. It’s important to note that this type of condition is not necessarily associated with exposure to natural waters like oceans, lakes or rivers or poor water quality.”

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