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Texas Woman Dies From ‘Flesh-Eating Bacteria’ In Harvey’s Floodwaters


Since Hurricane Irma and Harvey touched down on the state of Texas a few weeks back, many streets and roads are still flooded and filled with water. For weeks now, many health experts have warned against going in the water since the water has been contaminated by sewage and a host of other factors.

Floodwater contamination also includes the risks of chemicals, solvents, and bacteria in the soil, dust, and manure.

More recently, a 77-year-old woman died after getting an infection from what is commonly known as ‘flesh-eating’ bacteria.

The flood waters around Florida and Texas have been heavily contaminated after being filled with sewage after overwhelming local sewage systems and also from the open ocean which has been pulled into urban areas from the storm.


Nancy Reed was 77 years old when she fell and broke her arm inside of a flooded house in Houston. This caused the contaminated floodwater to seep into her open wound, causing a life-ending infection.

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According to Rachel Noble who is a professor of marine biology, she suspects that the infection is Vibrio. Vibrio is a marine microbe that could potentially be deadly for anyone with an open wound.


In an interview with Business Insider, Rachel said: ‘I have very little information to go on, but the speed with which she became severely ill, and the symptoms and descriptions match.’

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