Necrotising fasciitis (flesh-eating bacteria)
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"A recent American study showed that 6% of admissions for the complications of varicella were musculoskeletal disorders ranging from necrotising fasciitis to toxic-shock syndrome requiring multiple amputations. Complications were not related to severity of chickenpox. Since the routine mantra from medical people to parents is ‘paracetamol for fevers’ despite medical literature clearly demonstrating that such advice is highly dangerous; since the majority or parents follow such advice unquestioningly; and since necrotising fasciitis has primarily been associated with people who regularly pop paracetamol and other anti-inflammatory drugs, it is hardly surprising."---Hilary Butler

"Doctors have been told to be careful when using a common painkiller (Nurofen) when treating children with chickenpox - because of a link to a deadly flesh-eating disease."--Media

Brogan TV, et al.  Group A streptococcal necrotizing fasciitis complicating primary varicella: a series of fourteen patients. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 1995 Jul;14(7):588-94. PMID: 7567287; UI: 96055604.

Outbreak of Invasive Group A Streptococcus Associated with
Varicella in a Childcare Center -- Boston, Massachusetts, 1997

[Media Japan, March 2003] Flesh-eating bacteria claims 2 lives in Nagoya

[Media Aug 2002] Rare flesh-eating bacteria kills fisherman