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California pastor dies after six-month battle with flesh-eating bacteria.
Pastor Linda Snyder, of the United Methodist Church in Sacramento, California, died after a nearly six-month battle with necrotizing fasciitis, otherwise known as flesh-eating bacteria.
According to KTXL-TV in Sacramento, California, Snyder was rushed to the hospital on January 6 when a wound infected by necrotizing fasciitis.
Synder's daughter Karen told KTXL-TV, "She developed lots of complications as a result of the bacteria and surgeries to contain the bacteria. Her lungs were really scarred and she had lots of lung issues and pneumonia almost nonstop."
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KTXL-TV shared more of Synder's story in this video:
Snyder is one of at least the six people to be diagnosed with the potentially deadly bacteria in the United States within last two months. She is the first reported death relating to the infection in the last two months, according to the New York Daily News. Other cases of flesh-eating bacteria include that of Aimee Copeland, the 24-year-old who contracted the bacteria after a zip-lining accident, and Lana Kuykendall, who contracted the bacteria after giving birth.
According to the National Institute of Health, necrotizing fasciitis is a rare and severe bacterial infection caused by a variety of bacteria.
According to the National Necrotizing Fasciitis Foundation, there are anywhere from 500 to 1,500 cases of necrotizing fasciitis each year in which 20 percent of people will die.