Woman Dies of Flesh-Eating Bacteria From Harvey Floodwaters

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A Texas woman fell into Hurricane Harvey floodwaters at her son's home and ended up dead from flesh-eating bacteria. 

Nancy Reed, 77, is the second known person to contract flood-related necrotizing fascitis after Harvey, the Houston Chronicle reports. She died Sept. 15, but the Harris County medical examiner's office just ruled on her cause of death. 

The quick-spreading infection, which can cause organ failure and death in a short amount of time, also hit rescuer JR Atkins while he was helping his neighbors; he contracted it through an insect bite but survived.

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