Flesh-Eating Bacteria Attacks Those With Excess Iron

Flesh-Eating Bacteria Attacks Those With Excess Iron

Flesh-eating disease (necrotizing fasciitis) can be caused by several different organisms. In cases where the infection is contracted through contact with seawater, the culprit is typically Vibrio vulnificus, a particularly dangerous Vibrio species that occurs naturally in warm seawater
Having liver disease increases your risk of V. vulnificus infection by 800% and your risk of death from it is 200 times higher than those with healthy livers
Having diabetes, HIV, thalassemia or cancer also raises your risk of Vibrio infection, as does taking antacids
Iron overload may be a key factor in life-threatening Vibrio infections. High iron provides prime growth conditions for V. vulnificus, and minihepcidin, an iron-lowering drug, has been shown to cure the infection by inhibiting the bacteria’s growth
Vibrio bacteria have a high affinity for attachment to human skin. In one study, all participants had Vibrio bacteria on their skin after swimming in seawater

via Dr Mercola Flesh-Eating Bacteria Attacks Those With Excess Iron