Flesh eating bacteria ‘thrive on pain’ and hijack the receptors of their victims for their own benefit

The germ that causes strep throat is also responsible for the devastating flesh-eating disease, known as necrotizing fasciitis, which affects as many as 200,000 people worldwide each year.

The bacterium, Streptococcus pyogenes, emits a toxin that causes excruciating pain. As it does this, it burrows deep under the skin and eats into connective tissue and muscle.

It is known for being hard to diagnose and can quickly become fatal.

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