According to the National Institutes of Health, the flesh-eating disease is known as necrotizing fasciitis. The disease can be caused by Streptococcus pyogenes or MRSA, notes the CDC. The bacteria typically enters the body through an open wound and causes tissues to die by releasing toxins into the surrounding area.
According to WebMD, necrotizing fasciitis, or flesh-eating bacteria syndrome, can present initially as a rash or swollen area on the skin accompanied with fever, chills, nausea vomiting and diarrhea. The disease proceeds rapidly and, if left untreated, can cause shock, organ failure and death. Treating the disease almost always involves surgical removal of tissue or limbs affected by the disease.