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Georgia man is the fifth to contract flesh eating bacteria in Florida

Georgia man is the fifth to contract flesh eating bacteria in Florida

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)

Body found behind supermarket cooler ID'd as Iowa man missing since 2009

Body found behind supermarket cooler ID'd as Iowa man missing since 2009

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.

Tropical Depression 3 will make things soggy as it skims by the coast

Tropical Depression 3 will make things soggy as it skims by the coast

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.

More red ink as Trump, Democrats, reach budget and debt deal President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders in Congress agreed on Monday to a two-year budget plan which will increase spending in 2020 and 2021, and allow the national debt to go up for a two year period, while including little in the way of budget savings, continuing a trend of higher government spending and larger deficits under the Trump Administration. 'If this deal passes, President Trump will have increased discretionary spending by as much as 22 percent over his first term, and enshrine trillion-dollar deficits into law,' said Maya MacGuineas, head of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, who labeled the deal a 'total abdication of fiscal responsibility.' The agreement includes only $77.4 billion in budget offsets to pay for an estimated $320 billion in extra spending over two years. While the President tweeted his support, joined by Congressional leaders in both parties, a handful of lawmakers said the deal made no sense, because it guaranteed more deficit spending. With the White House already forecasting deficits above $1 trillion for the next four years, this agreement would do nothing to ease that tide of red ink, which had dropped to $438 billion in 2015 - but has steadily increased over the past three years. 'With more than $22 trillion in debt, we simply cannot afford deals like this one,' said Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA), the head of the conservative Republican Study Committee. 'It’s not too late to reject the Pelosi-Mnuchin spending deal and strike a better deal for all Americans that cuts spending,' argued Jessica Anderson, a former Trump budget official. But those voices have faded into the wilderness in recent years in the GOP, as deficits have steadily increased under President Trump. “It’s pretty clear that both houses of Congress and both parties have become big spenders, and Congress is no longer concerned about the extent of the budget deficits or the debt they add,” said the Club For Growth, which has seen its influence on Capitol Hill dwindle in recent years.