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Deadly Brain-Eating Amoeba Kills 10 People In Pakistan
2012-10-09 16:01:59

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Ten people have died in Pakistan's most populated city due to a brain-eating amoeba transmitted by contaminated water. A World Health Organization (WHO) official said Naegleria fowleri is transmitted when contaminated water enters the body through the nose. The brain-eating amoeba has a fatality rate of over 98 percent. Dr Musa Khan, head of the WHO's disease early warning system in Pakistan, said that there have been 10...

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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...

2008-07-05 12:00:13

By Arelis Hernandez, The Orlando Sentinel, Fla. Jul. 5--ORANGE COUNTY When water temperatures rise in lakes, it's time for you to get out, the Orange County Health Department warned. Officials say water users should avoid swimming or diving in freshwater ponds, lakes and rivers during periods of high temperature and low water depth, when conditions are perfect for deadly organisms. The Naegleria fowleri amoeba can live in any body of warm, stagnant freshwater and causes amebic...

2007-10-01 06:00:14

By Annette Wells By ANNETTE WELLS REVIEW-JOURNAL The death of an Arizona boy infected by an amoeba after swimming at Lake Havasu has caught the attention of officials responsible for Lake Mead, Lake Mohave and Nevada's hot springs. They want to know if those bodies of water also harbor the microscopic killer Naegleria fowleri, which enters the body through the nostrils and eats away brain tissue. They also want to know how much of a risk the microbe might pose to the thousands of Jet...