Another possible case of flesh-eating disease reported in Chicago area

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Another possible case of flesh-eating disease — triggered by a powerful street drug — has cropped up in the Chicago area.

A doctor in McHenry County says a heroin user he treated for large lesions might have injected the drug Krokodil.


In recents weeks, five people have checked into a Joliet hospital with symptoms of the flesh eating disease from taking Krokodil.

RELATED: 3 treated for flesh eating drug in Will County

The drug is made from gasoline, paint thinner and butane and is considered a cheap alternative to heroin.

Emergency room doctors say once a person starts using Krokodil, they’re not expected to live past two years.

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