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Irish women treated for flesh-eating disease

By Greg Harkin and Eilish O'Regan

Published 09/09/2016

'Necrotising fasciitis is a serious bacterial infection that affects tissue beneath the skin, and surrounding muscles and organs'
'Necrotising fasciitis is a serious bacterial infection that affects tissue beneath the skin, and surrounding muscles and organs'

Two pregnant women have been treated for a potentially life-threatening and rare 'flesh-eating' disease at the same hospital.

Medical staff at Letterkenny University Hospital's maternity unit in Donegal treated the women in May and June for necrotising fasciitis.

There were two unconnected confirmed cases of necrotising fasciitis in the maternity unit.

Necrotising fasciitis is a serious bacterial infection that affects tissue beneath the skin, and surrounding muscles and organs.

It can start from a relatively minor injury, such as a small cut, but gets worse very quickly and is a medical emergency.

A spokeswoman said it cannot be spread to the baby. She said that "standard treatment was applied including the removal of damaged tissue, and antibiotics".

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