Monday, 28 May, 2018

Carpenter dies from flesh-eating bacteria in fourth case linked to Hurricane Harvey

Port Arthur's major roads were swamped by rising waters brought by Harvey Port Arthur's major roads were swamped by rising waters brought by Harvey
Marlene Weaver | 26 October, 2017, 05:55

Clevelon Brown, 64, of Galveston County picked up a bacterial infection from standing in floodwater and died of sepsis - an immune-system response to infection that causes widespread inflammation.

Josue Zurita, 31, went to a Galveston County hospital on October 10 because of a highly infected wound on his upper left arm.

A man died from flesh-eating bacteria in what is now the fourth case linked to Hurricane Harvey since the storm first made landfall two months ago.

In an obituary on the Galveston-based Carnes Brothers Funeral Home's website, Zurita was called a "loving father and hard-working carpenter" who moved to the United States from Mexico to help his family and "remained to help with the rebuilding after hurricane Harvey".

"He's a very caring person", said Brenda Avalos, wife of Josue's cousin Anastacio. "He has a lot of friends here in Galveston that loves him".

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A second person in Texas has died from a flesh-eating bacterial infection contracted in the floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey, according to a Texas health department statement. "He was very young and always smiling". All three individuals are said to have come into contact with flood waters, which is what Galveston County health officials believe is responsible for carrying and transmitting the disease.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, necrotizing fasciitis can spread quickly once they enter the body, attacking the fascia, connective tissue that surround muscles, nerves, fat, and blood vessels.

"Even in one case, as I was examining a patient, I could see the red spread in the minutes I was examining him, and that's the real danger to it", Keiser said.

The CDC said more than one type of bacteria can cause necrotizing fasciitis, which can be treated if it is diagnosed in time. The Galveston County Health District is reminding people working on Hurricane Harvey recovery projects to take proper care of wounds to avoid further infections. That includes keeping wounds covered with clean, dry bandages until they heal, and seeking medical attention for any redness, swelling or fever.

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