Find images of flesh-eating disease, or necrotizing fasciitis, on MedicineNet and Picsearch. It is caused by an infection that spreads rapidly and leads to the destruction of tissue. It is not caused by a virus, but by bacteria.
A person is at greater risk for necrotizing fascitis if she has had a rash caused by a viral infection. The infection usually begins at the site of a wound, often in the appendages or the wall of the abdomen. Though it can be caused by several types of bacteria, the main cause of flesh-eating disease is steptococcous pyogenes. Necrotizing fasciitis is rare, but it can be fatal.