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2011-08-18 05:35:00

Three people have died this year from a rare brain infection caused by an amoeba, called Naegleria Fowleri, which feasts on neurons. CNN's affiliate WFTV reports that a 16-year-old died Saturday in Brevard County, Florida, who may have been swimming in a river before falling victim to the amoeba. Another victim, according to the Richmond Times Dispatch, was a 9-year-old in Henrico County, Virginia, whose mother said he attended a fishing day camp the week before he died. Jonathan Yoder, the...

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2009-12-19 15:50:00

In what is believed to be the first human-to-human transfer of an amoeba organism, an exceptionally rare infection has been passed from an organ donor in Mississippi to at least one transplant recipient, officials with the Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention reported Friday. CDC spokesman Dave Daigle said four people in three states had received organs from a patient who died at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in November after suffering with neurological problems. Two of...

2008-08-18 15:00:16

By Glaser, C Schuster, F; Yagi, S; Gavali, S; Bollen, A; Glastonbury, C; Raghavan, R; Michelson, D; Blomquist, I; Scharnhorst, D; Kuriyama, S; Reed, S; Ginsberg, M; Visvesvara, G; Wilkins, P; Anderson, L; Khetsuriani, N; Fowlkes, AL Balamuthia mandrillaris is a free-living ameba that causes encephalitis in humans (both immunocompetent and immunocompromised), horses, dogs, sheep, and nonhuman primates. The ameba is present in soil and likely is transmitted by inhalation of airborne cysts or...