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Great question. The "flesh-eating disease" has probably been around as long as humans, but it was first noted [at least scientifically] in 1871 by a Confederate army surgeon in the Civil War. In 1918 the cause was first identified as "bacterial infection" and in 1952 it was named "necrotizing fasciitis".
The strange thing about this bacteria is that it not only destroys not only muscle, but also fat and skin tissue.
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