Phuket, the island in Thailand typically associated with paradise and most recently, illegally-run hotels, now has a different problem—a stray cat with the claws of death.

Weera Pantip, a 63-year-old man with a weakened immune system, fell ill and died from necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh-eating disease he caught from a cat scratch.

Infection resulting from a cat scratch or bite is not uncommon. However, these infections can be especially deadly if they turn into the dangerous flesh-eating and fast-moving necrotizing fasciitis, especially for people with weakened immune systems. This… more

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