Mum lost finger after cat scratch left her fighting for life with flesh-eating bug

“It’s ruined my life. I can’t do everyday things now like taking food out of the oven.”

Dr Emilia Crighton, an NHS consultant, said: “If it is just a scratch clean the area and only seek medical attention if it gets infected.

“If it is an actual bite and the skin has been broken I would advise people to seek medical attention as the area could become infected.

“Your own GP or local pharmacy would be the first, easy to reach, point of contact.”

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