Cyclist Fighting for His Life after Contracting Flesh-Eating Disease from Saddle Sore

March 20, 2024

A cyclist from British Columbia, Canada, is in critical condition and fighting for his life after a severe saddle sore sustained during a training camp in San Diego, California, developed a life-threatening infection.

Ryan Busto is a 41-year-old helicopter maintenance engineer and father of two who had aspirations to race this year. Now, he is in the ICU at La Jolla San Diego hospital.The rare bacterial disease that Busto contracted is called necrotizing fasciitis, commonly referred to as flesh-eating disease. HealthLinkBC says that it usually starts from an infection in a minor cut or bruise, although sometimes there is no obvious skin wound or injury. While rare, the disease kills about one in four people infected with it. VELO