BioSpecialists take on Necrotizing Fasciitis

Early last June, BioSpecialists received a request from from the Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services (Hyde Park office) to remediate an East Boston apartment where two people were living and both were hospitalized from a serious infection with a flesh eating bacteria. Upon arrival on scene a Representative from the Mass EOHHS briefed us on the conditions in the home and instructed us what their concerns were. The BioSpecialists team mitigated all rooms, and disinfected/decontaminated the entire 2 bedroom apt. Removal of contaminated items was addressed and proper disposal of contaminated items was done using both state and federal guidelines. The owner of the property is now able to re-occupy the apartment with no issues related to contamination. We were on scene and completed the job in just under 6 hours, start to finish.

Media reports have popularized the term “flesh-eating bacteria” to refer to a very rare but serious bacterial infection known as necrotizing fasciitis. Necrotizing fasciitis is an infection that starts in the tissues just below the skin and spreads along the flat layers of tissue (known as fascia) that separate different layers of soft tissue, such as muscle and fat. This dangerous infection is most common in the arms, legs, and abdominal wall and is fatal in 30%-40% of cases. The most common form of nectrotizing fasciitis is generally Streptococcus pyogenes. Streptococcus pyogenes is a member of the group A streptococci, a group of bacteria that is responsible for mild cases of sore throat (pharyngitis) and skin infections, as well as rare, severe illnesses such as toxic shock syndrome and necrotizing fasciitis.

In spite of public health awareness and efforts, serious drug resistant bacterial infections continue to be on the rise throughout the world.  BioSpecialists are ready to help. We can sanitize and disinfect a room, home, vehicle or business.

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