RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - After studying a bacterial infection that was eating away at a patient's tissues, doctors at the Universities of Maryland and Texas in the United States discovered an aggravating factor for an already known disease.

An article on the case was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Necrotizing fasciitis is a condition that has long been known to the medical community and occurs as a result of a severe infection caused by Streptococcus pyogenes bacteria.

This microbe is common in the digestive system, but when it comes into contact with other areas . . .

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