A fifth person in the southeastern U.S. has contracted flesh-eating bacteria, though the CDC says there still isn't an epidemic. This time, it was an elderly South Carolina woman who had a close call with the disease.
FOX News Radio's Paul Stevens reports:
Louise Thompson wasn't too concerned about a patch of sore skin on one of her legs.
(Thompson) "I didn't have a blemish, or a pimple or 'nuthin'."
But that area soon became a full-blown case of necrotizing faciitis, or what's commonly called flesh-eating bacteria. That whole area of skin had to be removed.
(Thompson) "And the place that was cut out was the size of a regular football."
Thompson spent five days in a coma, and is currently in rehab. Doctors say flesh-eating bacteria often lives on people's skin, but can enter the body through a minor wound.
Paul Stevens, FOX News Radio.