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A bather becomes infected with a 'brain-eating' amoeba in the US and the event leads to the closure of a beach

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The ‘Naegleria fowleri’ is extremely deadly, since of the 151 cases registered in the United States between 1962 and 2020, only 4 achieved survive.

Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) Authorities English) announced last Friday the temporary closure of a beach, located in Lake of Three Fires State Park, in Taylor County, after a Missouri resident was diagnosed with primary amoebic meningoencephalitis, which is a rare infection of the brain caused by the amoeba ‘Naegleria fowleri’.

According to IDPH, the person probably became infected with the amoeba while swimming in the waters of the park’s lake . Given this situation, Iowa health officials, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are carrying out the corresponding tests to determine the presence of the microorganism in the place, ensuring that they could take several days to carry out.

According to the CDC, infection usually occurs when the amoeba enters the body through the nose, at the time that e People swim or dive in warm freshwater, such as lakes and rivers. Once lodged in the brain, the amoeba begins to destroy brain tissue, causing death.

Extremely deadly microorganism

Furthermore, he explained that the mortality rate due to infection is higher than 97%, since of the 151 cases registered in the United States between 1962 and 2020, only 4 managed to survive.

For his part, the researcher from the Center for Drug Discovery of the University of Georgia, Christopher Rice, commented that ‘Naegleria fowleri’ “is the worst parasite in the world” known , because “causes an enormously devastating pathology”. Rice noted that brain infection caused by the amoeba is difficult to diagnose, since a sample of cerebrospinal fluid from the brain is required.

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