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North Carolina man infected with 'brain-eating amoeba' dies

North Carolina man infected with 'brain-eating amoeba' dies

A man has passed away after being infected by a brain-eating amoeba while swimming at a water park in North Carolina earlier this month, according to the Sky News.

State health officials say the man died from complications caused by Naegleria fowleri, an amoeba commonly found in warm freshwater.

The illness caused by the parasite, known as PAM, is nearly universally fatal and is triggered by water containing the amoeba entering the nose during swimming, according to the study by researchers from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

The infections increase in frequency when the weather is exceptionally hot and dry, resulting in higher water temperatures and lower water levels.

Symptoms of infection start about 5 days (range 1 to 9 days) after contracting the bacteria.

Naegleria fowleri infections are rare, with only 145 known infected individuals in the United States, between zero and eight cases annually, from 1962 through 2018.

"People should be aware that this organism is present in warm freshwater lakes, rivers and hot springs across North Carolina", Dr Moore said.

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You can not be infected with Naegleria fowleri by drinking contaminated water and the amoeba is not found in salt water.

Infections can happen when contaminated water enters the body through the nose.

The amoeba can role off extreme illness as much as nine days after exposure.

Though serious and scary, infections of the amoeba are rare, according to the department. It is a single-celled organism which enters the internal organs through the nose.

Water heaters. Naegleria fowleri grows best at higher temperatures up to 115°F (46°C) and can survive for short periods at higher temperatures.

Stage 1 symptoms include fever, nausea, and severe frontal headache; later symptoms include a stiff neck, seizures, and hallucinations.

Following Gray's fatal incident, health officials are working closely with Fantasy Lake Water Park on ways staff and visitors can take precautions to protect themselves against this deadly parasite in the future. But before you hit the water park, here's what you need to know to stay safe. After the outbreak of flesh-eating bacteria, brain-eating amoeba is keeping people away from their favourite water sports.


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