Woman dies from 'flesh-eating bacteria' contracted from Storm Harvey flooding - reports

Woman dies from 'flesh-eating bacteria' contracted from Storm Harvey flooding - reports

77-year-old Nancy Reed became infected with the disease in Houston after coming into contact with floodwaters

Friday, September 29, 2017

A woman is reported to have died after becoming infected with a flesh-eating bacteria during flooding caused by Storm Harvey in Texas. 

Nancy Reed suffered a fall in a flooded house in Houston during the hurricane. 

She broke her arm and sustained cuts in the incident, and by coming into contact with floodwaters, the bacteria - called necrotising fasciitis - was able to enter her body. 

The 77-year-old has reportedly died from the illness. 

The Houston Health Department said Reed was the only known case of the illness in Houston, but media reports have said there was a non-fatal case in a nearby location.

Harvey was one of the first major storms to make landfall in the US in the 2017 hurricane season.