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Man fishing at Port O'Connor loses leg to flesh-eating bacteria

Camille Doty

By Camille Doty
Aug. 11, 2012 at 3:11 a.m.
Updated Aug. 12, 2012 at 3:12 a.m.

Keith Korth, 44, remains in the Methodist Hospital after losing his leg because of a flesh-eating bacterial infection. Family members said they think he caught the infection at a fishing tournament in Port O'Connor last weekend.

Keith Korth, 44, of Brenham, is recovering at the Methodist Hospital in Houston after his leg was amputated because of a flesh-eating bacterial infection.

Family members said Korth's leg was removed two inches above the knee days after he was in a fishing tournament in Port O' Connor last weekend.

"He's still in the hospital, but he's getting better," Carolyn Korth, a relative, said Saturday evening. "It's been a miracle."

Necrotizing fasciitis, the medical term for the disease, is considered rare, according to health experts.

Researchers at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center estimates there are fewer than 250 cases annually nationwide.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website said the bacterial infection spreads rapidly and destroys the body's soft tissue. Also, the most common way for the bacteria to enter the body is through a break in the skin, such as a cut, scrape, burn, insect bite or puncture wound.

A hospital spokeswoman where Korth is being treated said she did not have authority to release any information about his condition.

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