This video is a special health warning report on a parasite known as the "brain-eating amoeba" which claimed its second young victim this month.
Naegleria is a microscopic ameba (single-celled living organism) that can cause a very rare, but severe, infection of the brain. The ameoba quickly eats away at neurons, destroying huge amounts of brain tissue within days.
The ameba is commonly found in warm freshwater (lakes, rivers, and hot springs) and soil. Naegleria fowleri infects people by entering the body through the nose. This typically occurs when people are swimming or diving in warm freshwater places.
A nine-year-old boy died of meningitis on August 5 after contracting the infection at a fishing camp, just two days after a sixteen-year-old girl lost her life from an amoeba after swimming in a river near her Florida home. The teen's mother said her daughter was running a high fever and throwing up; a local hospital gave them some painkillers and sent her home. It wasn't until the teen became delirious that her mother brought her to another hospital and got the proper diagnosis, but by then it was too late.
According to the CDC, the amoeba is not a parasite. It does not seek human hosts, but when it becomes lodged into a person's nose and starts looking for food, it ends up in the brain and starts eating neurons. The amoeba multiplies and the brain will swell, creating immense pressure until the brain stops working. Early symptoms include headache, fever, nausea, throwing up, and neck stiffness. Later symptoms include confusion, lack of attention to people and surroundings, loss of balance, seizures and hallucinations. Death occurs within three to seven days after symptoms start.
Although rare, the parasite can grow very quickly in most fresh water especially during hot months. This does not mean you should avoid swimming. Doctors and the CDC recommend wearing nose clips, holding your nose when under water, or not putting your head under water at all.
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