Flesh-Eating Bacteria Linked to Heroin Kills 7 in California

Nine people who injected black tar heroin between Oct. 2 and Nov. 24 were hospitalized with severe myonecrosis, a soft-tissue infection that destroys muscle.

  • Published 5 December 2019

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A flesh-eating bacteria linked to the use of black tar heroin has killed at least seven people over the past two months in Southern California, authorities said. Nine people who injected black tar heroin between Oct. 2 and Nov. 24 were hospitalized with severe myonecrosis, a soft-tissue infection that destroys muscle, health officials in San Diego County said Wednesday. Of the seven who died, five were men. The nine patients ranged… Read at AP News