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Flesh-eating bacterium cases hit record high of 525 in Japan

Published: December 25, 2017
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A mysterious and potentially fatal "flesh-eating bacterium" has infected more than 500 people in Japan in 2017, the highest number since record-keeping began in 1999, according to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases.

A total of 525 patients with streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (STSS) were reported as of Dec. 10 include 66 in Tokyo, the highest of any prefecture, 40 in Kanagawa, 32 in Aichi, 31 in Fukuoka and 28 in Hyogo, according to institute data.

The number of patients with STSS was 203 in 2013, but the figure has been rising each year. However, the cause for the increase remains unknown.

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