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Man dies after visit to Lake Meredith, doctor suspects flesh-eating bacteria

Lake Meredith National Park (Source: National Park Service) Lake Meredith National Park (Source: National Park Service)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

A man died at a Pampa hospital on Monday. Doctors believe he was infected by a strain of flesh-eating bacteria, although cause of death has not been confirmed.

The man visited Lake Meredith National Recreation Area last weekend, but no link has been established between his death and his visit to the lake at this time.

The National Park Service says, "No cases of bacterial illness have been linked to Lake Meredith, and the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority routinely monitors our water quality."

The park service advises: "Flesh-eating bacteria is a rare disease caused by several types of bacteria in the environment and commonly found on people's skin and typically affects people with weakened immune systems and those in hospital settings."

The lake is open Wednesday and the park service believes there is no threat to public health: "No cases of bacterial illness have been linked to Lake Meredith, and the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority routinely monitors our water quality."

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