LIHUE (AP) - A state health official says a Kauai boy is being treated for contracting flesh-eating bacteria.
The Department of Health had said three cases of what's called necrotizing fasciitis were reported. But now Epidemiological Specialist Joe Elm said there are two confirmed cases and officials are monitoring a possible third case. Elm said one case was found to be just fasciitis, which results in inflammation and swelling but not tissue death.
The boy was first diagnosed at a Kauai hospital with septic arthritis in his elbow. He has since been flown to Honolulu for treatment.
The other unrelated case involves 49-year-old John Stem, who underwent several surgeries on Kauai before being transferred to Honolulu.