A Florida woman is fighting off the flesh-eating bacteria that made headlines and infected others over the summer, the Bradenton Herald reports.
Kelli Whitehead, of Bradenton, went in late October to Anna Maria Island with family members. Two days later, a red spot appeared behind her left leg and she experienced some muscle pain, according to the article.
A week later, Whitehead was in a Blake Medical Center Hospital with an infection taking her left leg, the Bradenton Herald reports.
The leg was removed, but the infection had spread to her abdomen, and now Whitehead is in critical condition, according to Suncoast News Network.
Whitehead, a diabetic, apparently is more susceptible to contracting necrotizng fasciitis because of her diabetic condition, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. The same is true for those who have other immune system compromising conditions such as cirrhosis or cancer.
In June, a 77-year-old woman was infected by the bacteria after she fell into the waters of Coquina Beach, near the Bradenton area, according to Tribune News Services. She reportedly died nearly two weeks later.
The CDC warns swimmers about entering the water if you have any open wounds or puncture wounds.
Symptoms include red or a swollen area of skin that spreads quickly, severe pain and fever.