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ADVERTISEMENTBookmark this page to:�����������������������������PhotosTeen with rare infection improving A staff report�A Fayetteville teenager who lost part of his nose and mouth to a rare infection is improving, his father says.The infection that hospitalized 14-year-old Matthew McKinney is clearing, said Brian McKinney.

Tests show Matthew's blood is clear of the infection for the most part, and the infection in his lungs is improving as well, he said.McKinney said Matthew was awake Thursday for the first time since he was rushed into surgery Sunday at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.Doctors removed the left half of Matthew's nose and palate.

He also lost five teeth.McKinney said Matthew will remain in the hospital at least another one to two weeks.County health officials believe Matthew was exposed to a bacteria called Chromobacterium violaceum while swimming at Hope Mills Lake.

Health officials said the bacteria is common in water and soil in warm, fresh water lakes.

There have been fewer than 150 cases of infection from it reported worldwide since 1927, according to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Many of those cases have been fatal.Because of the small number of cases, health officials said Matthew's infection did not warrant a public health concern or the closing of Hope Mills Lake.

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