Skip to comments.Flesh-eating bacteria killed Maine teenager after oral surgery
Posted on 06/20/2014 4:27:45 PM PDT by george76
Benjamin LaMontagne, who died at his home in February four days after wisdom tooth extraction, was killed by a tissue infection of his gums, neck and jaw... after routine oral surgery, was killed by a rare, aggressive bacterial infection that caused swelling of his jaw and neck, according to the state Medical Examiners Office.
The medical examiners report, released Thursday to the Portland Press Herald in response to a public records request, lists the cause of death as cervical necrotizing fasciitis, commonly called flesh-eating bacteria.
The infection is caused by a powerful strain of streptococcus A, a group of pathogens most commonly associated with strep throat, according to the National Necrotizing Fasciitis Foundation. It primarily damages the fascia, a layer of tissue that encases muscle, eventually causing the body to go into toxic shock and the organs to fail.
In Maine in 2012, the latest year for which statistics are available, 37 cases of invasive streptococcus A infections were reported, five of them fatal. The state did not have readily available statistics on whether any involved necrotizing fasciitis.
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When I had an extraction a few months ago, my oral surgeon prescribed antibiotics and said, “Take them all no matter how you feel.”
A life cut short. Prayers for the boy’s family.
I thought the northern states were more immune to NF?
That’s a lot of cases in Maine alone. I keep an eye out for this because it scares the bejeepers out of me.
What the hell is Maine doing wrong?
The paper is good for nothing but as a bird cage liner, not even good enough to be used to wrap fish.
If more people had and used an ordinary Hulda Clark Zapper, we’d have way fewer of these cases.
Used at first sign of an infection, they are totally effective. And they are cheap and easy to get.
Large Muslim immigration from Somali ?
a few years ago Maine Medical Center made top MRSA infected hospital in the country according to Parade Magazine.
We might have a winner here. Lewiston is overrun.
Why the hell didn’t they take this kid to the hospital?
They tend to congregate in one region. And this isn’t so much an immigrant international-germ issue as it is identifying the bacteria soon and beginning very aggressive treatment.
It is a bad infection and survival rate is not all that good. But you only usually hear about 2 or 3 deaths from it a year. To hear that there were 5 deaths in one state alone is pretty shocking to me, especially since most contractions are from water/fish in southern, warmer climates.
You mean by “top MRSA” that they had the highest rate of infection or the highest rate of curing the infection?
Many types of bacteria can cause necrotizing fasciitis, to include: Group A streptococcus (Streptococcus pyogenes), Staphylococcus aureus, Clostridium perfringens, Bacteroides fragilis, Peptostreptococcus and Aeromonas hydrophila. Often different kinds of bacteria will support each others’ spread.
The major drug resistant bacteria list now includes:
Group B streptococcus
MRSA Strain USA300-FPR3757 (flesh eating)
Salmonella, non-typhoidal serotypes
Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE)
Vancomycin-Intermediate/Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VISA/VRSA)
This has nothing to do with the Somali pop here in Maine. The family lives on an island which use to be part of Portland, but is about an hour by boat to reach the mainland. This is a upper middle class family. The kid’s health just went downhill very fast.
Just curious——what do those initials mean after tuberculosis?
I didn’t know there were so many types.
You mean by top MRSA that they had the highest rate of infection or the highest rate of curing the infection?
rate of infection
probably because they thought he was zonked out on meds when he was actually losing ground.
It sounded high to me too, but per the article, the CDC says 0.35 deaths per 100,000 people in the US, and there are 1,328,302 people in Maine, so they should have 4.65 deaths per year.
>> “Maine Medical Center made top MRSA infected hospital in the country according to Parade Magazine.” <<
Such an honor!
A monument to willful ignorance.
>> “Why the hell didnt they take this kid to the hospital?” <<
How do you think he got the infection?
That gets scary in a hurry.
DR - Drug Resistant. DR means resistant to the most common drugs used for treatment. It is difficult to determine, because while most bacteria reproduce about every half hour, TB only reproduces about once a day. And dead bacillus look like living bacillus unless stained. Currently the vast majority of cases are normal TB, not DR-TB.
MDR - Multiple Drug Resistant. Hospitalize if possible for a year or two, because very potent antibiotics are used since most common antibiotics do not work.
XDR - eXtensively Drug Resistant. About even odds for survival. Must be incarcerated in a quarantine area, possibly for life.
CDR - Completely Drug Resistant. There have only been two outbreaks of this, both in India. Everyone who got the disease died, and quickly, so the epidemic burned itself out.
I would be willing to bet his surgery was NOT in a hospital, but either in an oral surgeons office or an outpatient surgical place. Those places are not inspected and required to meet the same standards as a hospital general surgery location.
Hospitals are far worse!
Some are bad, but you can check their history. They are ALL rated online.
There is NO certified hospital in a decent sized city that is worse than an offsite surgical suite—unless they are an infectious disease center.
My point is that you must be able to compare. YOU the patient can control a lot of exposure.
I have been in a hospital for four days fighting an infection. They are nasty things.
“And they are cheap and easy to get.”
And nothing but pure quackery.
Thanks so much for that info.
My father died of TB in 1938,at 32-——few cures then.He died in a sanitarium in Boston.
My brother and I had to be x-rayed yearly until we were 18.
All of these years I figured it was licked in the U.S.A.—sad to see what is happening.
At age 81 I still test positive with the tine test, just because of that past exposure.
No quackery at all.
They were originally developed by Dr. Rife back in the 1930’s using vacuum tube oscillators.
He used the to cure cancer patients by the thousands.
The solid state versions work even better. I have used mine to cure abcesses and ear infections countless times.
Don’t be so ignorant.
And if you recognize that you have an infection in the early stages, you can knock it out within an hour or so with the “zapper.”
I’ve use them on my kids to wipe out ear infections countless times. Now they use them on their kids. Knowledge is power.
This was about 10 years ago. Cannot find the info, I imagine that they hired a PR firm to bury it.
Can you explain to me what that is?
I have just heard of them on this thread.
One third of the world’s population is thought to have been infected with M. tuberculosis, with new infections occurring in about 1% of the population each year.
In 2007, there were an estimated 13.7 million chronic active cases globally, while in 2010, there were an estimated 8.8 million new cases and 1.5 million associated deaths, mostly occurring in developing countries.
The rates of tuberculosis in different areas varies across the globe; about 80% of the population in many Asian and African countries tests positive in tuberculin tests, while only 510% of the United States population tests positive.
More people in the developing world contract tuberculosis because of a poor immune system, largely due to high rates of HIV infection and the corresponding development of AIDS.
Its a 30 KHZ ocillator.
I make mine myself, from a 555 clock chip, but you can buy them already made for $25-$30 on ebay.
They destroy micro organisms by disrupting the communication in their nuclei, thus the cell dies because it cannot feed or divide. (it works for tumors too)
It was discovered by Dr. Royal Alan Rife about 80 years ago or so. It made the Med mafia so angry that they had the feds burn down his office building.
What a giant steaming pant load of quackery.
Yes, the med mafia is a giant pant load!
They all belong in jail or worse.
Viva common sense.
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