A healthy 40-year-old woman was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis 2 days after her husband's death from the same infectious process. Prompt identification and immediate surgical intervention prevented a similar result in this patient. Additional investigation into both patients' medical records found the inciting organism to be group A streptococcus. Although the exact mechanism of inoculation is unknown, the spread of this infection within a household prompts the question of whether antibiotic prophylaxis should be given among close contacts in future cases of necrotizing fasciitis.
Markowitz, Michael; Kwan, Stephanie; and Matzon, Jonas, "Household Transmission of Group A Streptococcus Necrotizing Fasciitis." (2022). Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Faculty Papers. Paper 177.
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