Flesh-eating bacteria cluster invades Tasmania

Another patient had part of their buttocks removed, according to The Examiner newspaper. 

Launceston General Hospital is treating four of the patients. 

Necrotising fasciitis is a rapidly progressive inflammatory infection of the fascia, with secondary necrosis of the subcutaneous tissues. It is caused by a range of bacteria that enter the body through open wounds or small cuts. People who get it often have a chronic condition or are immunosuppressed. 

Head of the infectious diseases service at Launceston General Hospital Dr Katie Flanagan assured the public the disease is not contagious, and can not be spread through human contact.

‘‘At the moment it appears that a number of different germs caused the condition in different persons,’’ Dr Flanagan said. 

‘‘A common feature among those affected has been skin injuries which had become infected.