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cellulitis ant bite

October 5, 2019


HE IS ALSO KNOWN TO FREQUENT THE BRANDON AREA. VERY RED . YOU SEE WHERE THE BITE WAS. IT WAS LOOKING PRETTY NASTY. WE HAVE BEEN HEARING ABOUT THIS FOR A WHILE NOW. TODAY ANOTHER PERSON COMING FORWARD TO SHARE HIS STORY ABOUT FRESH EATING BACTERIA. AND HE WASN’T ON THE BEACH. HE JUST HAPPENED TO BE AT HIS HOUSE AND HE WAS BIT BY AN INSECT. AND WE ARE LIVE FROM PINELLAS COUNTY. THIS GUY TELLS US HE WAS JUST DOING YARD WORK, RIGHT? Reporter: YES A LOT OF US DO IS THAT ON THE WEEKEND, RIGHT? HE SAYS THAT HE WAS IN HIS YARD. HE LIVES IN GULFPORT WHICH AT THE TIME THE CONDITIONS WERE MOIST AND DAMP WHEN HE WAS BIT BY TWO ANTS. THIS IS WHAT JOHN BLANCHRD’S PINKY FINGER LOOKS LIKE TODAY, BUT LAST MONTH IT WAS A DIFFERENT STORY. BLANCHARD WAS BIT BY TWO ANTS DOING YARD WORK. BUT THAT BITE ONLY GOT WORSE. 4 HOURS LATER, IT WASN’T LOOKING SO GOOD, AND WITHIN 48 HOURS AFTER THAT, WE WENT TO URGENT CARE BECAUSE IT STARTED LOOKING REALLY, REALLY BAD. Reporter: HE WAS PUT ON ANTIBIOTICS BUT EVENTUALLY LANDED IN THE HOSPITAL. AT 3:00 A.M. ON FRIDAY, THAT WEEK, I WOKE UP, FELT LIKE MY FINGER WAS LITERALLY ON FIRE. Reporter: THE DOCTORS HAD TO PERFORM SURGERY. BLANCHARD WAS TOLD HE CONTRACTED CELLULITIS, A FLESH- EATING BACTERIAL INFECTION. VARIOUS CASES HAVE BEEN REPORTED ACROSS THE BAY AREA. SARAH MARTINEZ WAS HOSPITALLED WITH CEIL LIE ADVERTISE AFTER VISITING A BEACH IN SARASOTA. A PORT CHARLOTTE CONTRACTED AFTER VISITING A BENCH, AND LYNN FLEMING DIED AFTER CONTRACTING THE BACTERIA LAST MONTH AFTER VISITING A BEACH. THE BACTERIA IS NOT JUST IN THE WATER. IT CAN BE IN THE SAND. IT CAN BE IN ANY SURFACE. ROAR BLANCHARD IS URGING OTHERS TO URGE THE WARNING. ALL IT TAKES YOU’RE IN THE WRONG PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME WHERE IT IS PLEASANT AND A TINY MICROSCOPIC HOLE IS ALL IT NEEDS. Reporter: AGAIN, DOCTORS URGE, DON’T WAIT TO GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM IF YOU HAVE A SMALL NICK OR A CUT AND YOU HAVE BEEN TO THE BEACH, ON THE SAND OR MAYBE DOING SOME YARD WORK AND YOU FEEL LIKE THERE IS

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