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Friday Holy WTF-ery: Flesh Eating Bacteria

John Hanneman, the guitarist for Slayer, got bit by a spider which infected him with a flesh-eating bacteria. Ultimately, he died of liver failure, which may or may not have been related to the goddamned flesh-eating disease on his arm.

WTF? Robin's fear of spiders is now completely justified. They can transmit a bacteria to you that will eat you!

Why the hell does a flesh-eating bacteria even exist?? It shouldn't exist!

And how can you avoid getting infected?

The best way to defend yourself against necrotizing fasciitis is to avoid the bacteria that cause it. That means washing your hands thoroughly and often, steering clear of people who have sore throat symptoms (in case they have strep throat), and taking care of injuries. If you receive a cut or abrasion, wash it thoroughly with hot water and soap and apply antibiotic ointment. And don't pop skin blisters -- the National Institutes of Health says keeping the skin intact is a powerful line of defense to ward off infection.

So, basically, stay away from people and never get a cut.

By min | May 3, 2013, 10:11 AM | Music & Science | Comments (0)| Link

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