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This disease is causing painful death in 48 hours, rush to the hospital as soon as you see these 10 symptoms


A dangerous infection is spreading in Japan these days. Its name is Streptococcal Toxic Shock Syndrome (STSS). It is also called ‘flesh eating bacteria’ because it enters the muscle tissue and starts eating them. The most dangerous thing is that it can cause death of a person in just 48 hours.

National Institute of Infectious Diseases (ReferenceAccording to the WHO, the number of cases of this deadly virus in Japan has reached close to one thousand and so far 77 people have died. Last year, around 900 cases of infection were seen. This infection can affect anyone. This infection has created panic in the entire world including Japan.

What is STSS? STSS is a rare but serious bacterial infection. It’s usually caused by Staphylococcus aureus (staph) bacteria, but group A Streptococcus (strep) bacteria can also cause it. These bacteria are believed to release toxins into the body that can cause severe inflammation, tissue damage, and excruciating pain.

Death of 3 out of 10 patients is certain!

This infection is considered life-threatening because it can lead to serious complications. According to the CDC, STSS can destroy the body, which may require surgery. Infected tissue or organs may have to be removed. Even after treatment, this condition can be life-threatening. According to CDC data, 3 out of 10 people suffering from STSS die.

How does bacteria enter the body and its symptoms?

How does bacteria enter the body and its symptoms?

STSS group A streptococcus bacteria can enter the body in several ways. If there is any cut, wound, surgical wound or any other injury in the skin. This bacteria can also enter through the throat, nose and/or vagina. The symptoms of STSS start to be felt rapidly. They increase within a few hours or days. In the beginning, you may feel some mild symptoms which may be difficult to recognize.

fever and chills

fever and chills

High fever is the main symptom of STSS. It may be accompanied by chills and profuse sweating. Sudden drop in blood pressure, which can cause dizziness and fainting. This low blood pressure can quickly turn into shock.

Stomach problems

Stomach problems

The infected person may feel nauseous and vomit, have diarrhea, which may be watery or bloody. There may be severe abdominal pain. Apart from this, there may be muscle pain and severe pain throughout the body. This pain may feel like a muscle strain.

Severe Symptoms of STSS

Severe Symptoms of STSS

As STSS progresses, the symptoms become more severe and affect the whole body. This can cause a sunburn-like rash to appear on the torso and arms and legs. This rash may spread throughout the body and may peel off after a few days.

damage to the kidneys, liver, and lungs

damage to the kidneys, liver, and lungs

This can damage the kidneys, which can lead to less urination or the kidneys can stop working completely. If the liver is damaged, symptoms of jaundice can be felt. If the lungs are affected, there may be difficulty in breathing and breathing with the help of a machine may be required.

The condition of heart and brain may also deteriorate

The condition of heart and brain may also deteriorate

The infection can also attack the heart, causing heart problems such as irregular heartbeat and heart failure. Confusion, disorientation and delirium may occur due to reduced blood supply to the brain or direct exposure to the toxin.

These symptoms can be felt after 24-48 hours

These symptoms can be felt after 24-48 hours
  • low blood pressure or hypotension
  • rapid breathing (tachypnea)
  • fast heartbeat (tachycardia)
  • Organ failure

Diagnosis and treatment of STSS

Diagnosis and treatment of STSS

There is no specific way to test for STSS, but your doctor may do a blood test to check for a group A strep infection. Your doctor may confirm the infection if you have a group A strep infection and also have low blood pressure or problems with one or more organs. Your doctor may give you antibiotics to treat STSS. Patients are often given fluids intravenously. Other treatments may also be used to treat shock and help restore organ function. Some patients may need surgery to remove infected tissue.

Disclaimer: This article is for general information only. It cannot in any way be a substitute for any medicine or treatment. Always contact your doctor for more information.

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