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TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

A second case of the flesh-eating bacteria has been reported in South Carolina as a Georgia woman continues to battle the same kind of infection.

36-year-old Lana Kuykendall, is in critical condition fighting a similar infection.

Doctors have removed skin and tissue from her legs. She remains on a ventilator.

A new mother in South Carolina is the latest person to fall victim to a terrifying flesh-eating bacteria.

Several days after giving birth to a set of healthy twins, Lana Kuykendall was rushed to the hospital after discovering a weird lesion on the back of her leg.

The 36-year-old mom's case comes after a 24-year-old Georgia woman, Aimee Copeland, lost her leg to a similar infection she contracted after a cut she received in a zip-line accident.

"During the summer here in south Georgia, everybody is out, everybody is playing, we get scratches, we get rashes, we get insect bites, so we see a lot of skin related infections," said Dr. Tibisay Villalobos-Fry, Pediatrics Infectious Diseases.

While the recent reports of Necrotizing Fasciitis may be terrifying, Dr. Tibisay Villalobos-Fry, a Pediatrics Infectious Diseases specialist, says there's no reason to panic.

"Necrotizing Fasciitis is a disease that is old and the bacteria that causes it, it is not to be alarming," said Villalobos-Fry.

The bacteria are common in the environment but rarely cause a serious infection. When they do, the body's immune system is almost always able to fight them off. But when it doesn't, there are symptoms to be aware of.

"Achiness, muscle pain, chills, you just feel sick, you don't feel sick when you have a bug bite, you don't feel sick when you have a scratch or suture, you feel pain right there but you don't have any systemic symptoms, so if you see that you are getting sick for something that looks minor, then that is something to be concerned about," said Villalobos-Fry.

Dr. Villalobos advises you to wash out injuries with soap and water and keep an eye out for symptoms like fever, redness spreading from the wound.

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