• Woman contracts flesh-eating infection after Virginia beach outing

    By: Michelle Ewing, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    NORFOLK, Va. - A Virginia woman was diagnosed with a flesh-eating infection following a recent trip to an area beach, she said.

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    According to WTKR, Amanda Edwards and her friends visited Ocean View Beach in Norfolk last week and started experiencing symptoms a day later. 

    "I noticed this thing that came on my leg," she told the TV station. "I ignored it for a couple days, and it just started getting bigger and bigger and bigger to the point where I couldn't walk anymore."

    Edwards said doctors, who diagnosed her with a staph infection caused by flesh-eating bacteria, drained the swollen area and told her to "keep it covered for days." They also prescribed antibiotics, which she must take for two more weeks, she said.

    Doctors told Edwards that the bacteria likely entered her system through an open wound, WTKR reported, adding that officials had issued a swimming advisory the same day that she went to the beach.

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