What it's like to battle flesh-eating bacteria (with all the gory pictures)

Redditor johnboy9210 retrieved a football from a stagnant koi pond one day and contracted necrotizing fasciitis, the infamous flesh-eating disease. Fortunately, we don't have to experience the tissue-chomping bacteria first-hand, and can instead witness his photographic account from the early signs of infection… » 10/13/12 1:00pm 10/13/12 1:00pm

Does flesh-eating bacteria really make a meal out of you?

You first notice a bump — a tender, cherry red bruise. Over the next 12 hours, the center of this painful spot on your leg becomes dark violet in color. A day later this raised red bump ruptures and fluid oozes forth. I hope you are on the way to the hospital at this point, because flesh-eating bacteria might be… » 4/10/12 11:45am 4/10/12 11:45am

Flesh-eating banana email hoax strikes Mozambique

Necrotizing fasciitis-infected bananas have been the boogeyman of potassium lovers and people who enjoy checking their email unmolested by chain letters for over a decade. Now, rumors of flesh-eating bananas are resurging in Mozambique, where an email hoax is bedeviling plantain superfans. The email's spurious medical… » 12/04/11 7:30am 12/04/11 7:30am