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Patients at Rochester hospital being treated for flesh eating bacteria

ROCHESTER – Patients were being treated for flesh eating bacteria at Rochester General Hospital, according to a statement from Rochester Regional Health System released over the weekend.

“We have treated patients at Rochester General Hospital for necrotizing fasciitis, sometimes referred to as flesh eating bacteria,” the statement said. “Out of respect for the patients and their families, we cannot address discuss any specific cases.”

The hospital said it is following strict and up-to-date protocols for dealing with the bacteria to ensure patients, medical staff and others are safe and that it was working with state and local health departments to determine if the cases are related.