GALVESTON (AP) — Health officials say the death this month of a 31-year-old Galveston man is the result of Hurricane Harvey because he was doing repair work to clean up from the storm when he contracted a flesh-eating bacterial infection.
Josue Zurita went to the hospital October 10 with a serious infection to his arm and died six days later.READ MORE: Man, Pregnant Woman & Baby Killed In Crash Along Highway 360; Police Investigating
Dr. Philip Keiser with the Galveston County Health District says bacteria from Harvey debris or floodwater entered the man’s body through a wound or cut.READ MORE: Flash Flooding: Second Body Recovered After Vehicle Swept From Texas Bridge
Zurita, a carpenter, was working on repairing damaged homes when he contracted the rare infection, which kills soft tissue.
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