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Robert J. Turner flesh-eating bacteriaRobert J. Turner (pictured), a convicted murderer serving 40 years in prison for a killing a man during a 1998 home evasion, died of the flesh-eating bacteria in Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reports.

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Turner died at the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago’s intensive care unit after being transferred there Wednesday. He was on a medical furlough from the Dixon Correctional Center and being treated for a number of health issues.

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The Tribune reports that Turner died of “ecrotizing fasciitis — more commonly called the flesh-eating bacteria — and sepsis and his death was ruled natural, according to the medical examiner’s office.”

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Here is more from The Trubune:

Turner was 18 when he and two other men were charged with the shooting death of Derek Miles, 18.

Chicago police said Turner and the other men confronted Miles and two companions on the street and demanded money. After Miles and his companions could come up with only $15,  one of victims offered to hand over valuables stored in Miles’ home.

The victims and robbers went to the home in the 6200 block of South Albany Avenue, police said. While the three suspects collected stereo equipment and other items, Miles slipped away and got a gun from another part of the house.

When Miles returned and confronted the three men, police said someone fired several shots and killed Miles.

Flesh-eating bacteria has claimed necrotizing fasciitis, or flesh-eating bacteria, is a bacterial infection that destroys the body’s soft tissue. The Center for Disease Control says that symptoms from the infection can be confusing:

The symptoms often start within hours after an injury and may seem like another illness or injury. Some people infected with necrotizing fasciitis may complain of pain or soreness, similar to that of a “pulled muscle.” The skin may be warm with red or purplish areas of swelling that spread rapidly. There may be ulcers, blisters or black spots on the skin. Patients often describe their pain as severe and way out of proportion to how the painful area looks when examined by a doctor. Fever, chills, fatigue (tiredness) or vomiting may follow the initial wound or soreness. These confusing symptoms may delay a person from seeking medical attention quickly. If you think you may have these symptoms after a wound, see a doctor right away.

Though, flesh-eating bacteria is deadly if untreated, death can be avoided in many cases if quickly treated with strong antibiotics by a medical professional, according to the Center For Disease Control.

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