Mom says girl developed deadly ‘flesh-eating' bacteria while visiting popular Florida beach

A mother said her daughter was left fighting for her life after contracting a “flesh-eating” bacteria while on vacation in Florida — and the woman recounted the terrifying experience as a warning for others planning a similar beach vacation.


In a post on Facebook, Michelle Brown wrote that the family was visiting Destin in early June when the girl developed severe pain in her calf, followed by a rash and then a fever, before ultimately being diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, a rare bacterial infection that spreads quickly in the body and deteriorates the person's skin and tissue.


According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three people die from the infection, even with treatment.

After arriving June 7, Brown said the family did some shopping and exploring while it rained the first two days of the trip and “made the best of it.”