Necrotizing fasciitis is more commonly known as "flesh-eating disease". It is a rare illness that causes extensive tissue destruction and can lead to death. In Canada, there are 90-200 cases of necrotizing fasciitis each year. Some of the Symptoms that can be noticeable or just from the inside of necrotizing fasciitis include fever, severe pain, and a red, painful swelling which spreads rapidly. Death can occur in 12 to 24 hours. When the disease spreads
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the treatment of flesh-eating disease.
Health Canada works with provincial and local public health officials to monitor infectious diseases. If requested, the Department will assist in the investigation of clusters of these infectious diseases using our human and technical resources. The Department's Health Protection Branch through its Laboratory Centre for Disease Control works with the National Streptococcus Centre in Edmonton and other public health officials to develop new strategies and treatments to combat these diseases.