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Study Reveals Possible Key to Fighting 'Flesh-Eating Bacteria'

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9.18.16 | ABC News Radio

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(NEW YORK) -- Researchers at the University of California-San Diego say they may have found a key to creating a vaccine against flesh-eating bacteria.

The researchers have been working on a vaccine to fight Group A Streptococcus, responsible both for necrotizing fasciitis and toxic shock syndrome, and is believed to be to blame for nearly 500,000 deaths each year around the globe. They published their findings in the journal Nature Microbiology, saying that a specific, predictable protein sequence could be the key to the bacteria's ability to attack the human immune system.

The study is only in its preliminary stages, but researchers hope that the information could help in creating a vaccine that recognizes and attacks the protein sequence, potentially preventing infection.

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