Apr 3, 2011 3:13 PM by AP posted By James H Egbert

Durango man recovering from flesh-eating bacteria

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) - A Durango man is recovering from a bout with necrotizing fasciitis (fash-ee-EYE'-tus), a rare flesh-eating bacteria that took over 75 percent of his right leg.

The Durango Herald reports that Joseph Williams underwent multiple skin grafts and was discharged March 22 from the University of Colorado Hospital. Williams' wife, Jennifer, says more surgery is possible.

The bacterial infection attacks the skin, fat and fascia (FASH-EE-uh), the membrane covering muscle. Microbes can enter the body through a cut, abrasion or bruise.

Information from: Durango Herald,

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