Woman dies of flesh-eating bacteria after Hurricane Harvey

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HOUSTON, TX (AP) — A woman who lives in a Houston suburb hit by flooding after Hurricane Harvey has died after contracting a flesh-eating bacteria, according to Texas health officials.

Nancy Reed, 77, was listed as the 36th fatality related to Harvey, which hit the southeast Texas coast last month. Reed died Sept. 15 of necrotizing fasciitis that infected her through a tear in her skin after reportedly falling into floodwaters in her son's home.

According to the Center for Disease Control, necrotizing fasciitis is a bacterial infection that spreads quickly and kills the body's soft tissue. Those with underlying conditions such as diabetes or cancer are especially susceptible to the infection, which can be deadly.

Reed is the second known case of the bacteria related to the floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey. Rescuer J.R. Atkins, a former firefighter and medic, was contaminated through an insect bite on his arm while assisting recovery efforts, the Houston Chronicle reported. He survived.

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