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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Addicts' Flesh Eaten

SAN FRANCISCO -- Flesh-eating bacteria have stricken nearly 30 heroin addicts in the San Francisco area, killing three and prompting warnings by public health departments, a local newspaper has reported.

The San Francisco Chronicle said public health authorities suspect a contaminated batch of Mexican black-tar heroin is responsible for the cases of necrotizing fasciities.

The bacteria cause severe tissue damage within 12 hours after the first appearance of symptoms, which include reddening of the skin, tenderness and pain, the Chronicle reported.