Printed: July 6, 2020 1:05:48 pm
Well being officers in Florida have mentioned that an individual has been contaminated with a uncommon and often lethal brain-eating amoeba, CNN reported. In line with the Division of Well being, the affected person contracted Naegleria fowleri in Hillsborough County.
The amoeba may cause a uncommon an infection of the mind referred to as Main Amebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM) that destroys mind tissue and is often deadly, the report mentioned.
Well being officers quoted within the report mentioned the amoeba is usually present in heat freshwater akin to lakes, rivers, ponds, and canals. Infections can occur when contaminated water enters the physique by way of the nostril. As soon as the amoeba enters the nostril, it travels to the mind the place it causes PAM.
“It’s important to hunt medical consideration instantly, because the illness progresses quickly after the beginning of signs,” the well being division mentioned.
Since 1962, there have solely been 37 reported circumstances of the amoeba in Florida. Within the US, there have been 143 recognized contaminated circumstances of the amoeba, in keeping with the Florida DOH. Solely 4 have survived, the report mentioned.
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