City of Myrtle Beach investigating after woman claims she contracted flesh-eating bacteria

Courtesy: Associated Press

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – Monday afternoon, the City of Myrtle Beach issued a response to a Facebook post circulating about a person hospitalized after coming in contact with flesh eating bacteria along the Grand Strand.

Myrtle Beach spokesperson Mark Kruea confirms the statement from the city was directly related to the post from Marsha Barnes Beal that’s garnered more than 70,000 shares and more than 50,000 comments since it was posted Sunday evening.

Myrtle Beach City Government released a statement on their Facebook page:

The City of Myrtle Beach is aware of a Facebook post that claims bacterial issues along the Grand Strand. We have had no reports and no direct contact about any such issues. The city has been unable to confirm the location or date of any such incident. At this point, all we have is a Facebook post, with no confirmation. Our ocean water quality is tested twice weekly, with excellent results. If we can determine where such contact may have occurred, we can order additional water quality tests to determine whether any connection exists.

According to Beal’s post, her mother was airlifted to Chapel Hill to be treated after she came in contact with “a life threatening flesh eating bacteria after putting her feet in the water at Myrtle Beach”.

City leaders say they still have not received any reports or information regarding the incident, the family has yet to release a statement.

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