A Georgia man is recovering after he contracted a flesh-eating bacteria while vacationing in Panama City Beach, Fla., earlier this month. Tony Meredith, told reporters he began experiencing flu-like symptoms five days after he returned home from his annual family trip to the popular beach town. He was initially diagnosed with a kidney infection, but headed straight to the Emergency Room when his leg turned purple. Doctors diagnosed him with necrotizing fasciitis, more commonly known as a flesh-eating bacteria which kills the body’s soft tissue. He was told he contracted the disease in the water at Panama City Beach, through a tiny scratch below his knee. Meredith says he is facing a four-week recovery period. He is the fifth person to have contracted the flesh-eating bacteria in the Florida Gulf this summer, one woman died from the disease. The Centers for Disease Control says the most deadly form, necrotizing fasciitis, is rare, with just 20,000 cases a year and the chances of contracting it is unlikely. They also caution that prompt care is important and say you should seek medical care immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms: A red or swollen area of skin that spreads quickly Severe pain, including pain beyond the area of the skin that is red or swollen Fever The CDC says common sense and good wound care are the best ways to prevent a bacterial skin infection. They suggest the following: Clean all minor cuts and injuries that break the skin (like blisters and scrapes) with soap and water. Clean and cover draining or open wounds with clean, dry bandages until they heal. See a doctor for puncture and other deep or serious wounds. Wash hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub if washing is not possible. Care for fungal infections like athlete’s foot. If you have an open wound or skin infection, avoid spending time in: Hot tubs Swimming pools Natural bodies of water (e.g., lakes, rivers, oceans)
A decomposing body discovered earlier this year behind a cooler in a shuttered Iowa supermarket belongs to a Council Bluffs man who had been missing for more than a decade, authorities said Monday. >> Read more trending news According to the Des Moines Register, investigators believe that Larry Ely Murillo-Moncada, who worked at the No Frills Supermarket when he vanished in 2009, died in the store after falling off a cooler and getting stuck behind it. Murillo-Moncada's parents, who filed a missing-person report Nov. 28 of that year, said their son, then 25, was upset when he fled from their home during a snowstorm, authorities said. They never saw him again. Workers found his remains in January 2019 while removing coolers from the store, which closed three years ago, CNN reported. Officials used DNA to identify the body as Murillo-Moncada's, according to the news outlet. Read more here or here.
Tuesday's forecast calls for a soggy afternoon as a tropical depression skirts the east coast of Florida. Tropical Depression 3 developed Monday over the northwestern Bahamas and is forecast to continue to move parallel to Florida, staying over water. WFTV Channel 9 meteorologist Brian Shields said the tropical depression won't impact our weather forecasts in Central Florida, but that we can expect increased rain chances Tuesday and Wednesday at 60 percent. The increased rain is forecast to keep temperatures slightly lower with highs in the lower 90s for the rest of the week.