- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - A young woman who beat cancer as a child has lost her leg to flesh-eating bacteria. This is the second case of the life-threatening infection to crop up in recent weeks on the Mississippi coast.

WLOX-TV (https://bit.ly/1bsP6gB) reports 25-year-old Jennifer McLeland was on a family trip to Biloxi April 17 when she dipped her foot in the water to test the temperature. Thirty-six hours later, doctors amputated her left leg after she contracted vibrio vulnificus bacteria, which entered through a small abrasion between McLeland’s toes and led to a necrotizing fasciitis infection.

McLeland’s battle with leukemia as a 7-year-old put her at a higher risk of complications from the bacteria.

Earlier this month, Gregory Bru Sr. also lost his leg after contracting the infection while he on a fishing trip.


Information from: WLOX-TV, https://www.wlox.com

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