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Rare brain amoeba claims three lives

August 20, 2011 Comments off

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Three young Americans have died this year from a rare water-borne amoeba that swims up through the nose and infects the brain, the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) said.

Naegleria fowleri – an amoeba found in warm freshwater lakes and rivers and occasionally in poorly treated swimming pools – causes a “rare, but severe” brain infection and kills around three people a year, the CDC said.

In the first week the disease causes major headaches, fever, vomiting and a stiffening of the neck, eventually leading to confusion, seizures and Read more…