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Below you will find helpful resources related to Naegleria fowleri.

Fact Sheets

Free-Living Ameba Testing at CDC

Free living ameba fact sheet

Message: Information on submitting specimens to CDC’s Free-Living and Intestinal Amebas (FLIA) Laboratory for testing.

Audience: Designed for healthcare and medical professionals.

Fact Sheet: Free-Living Ameba Testing at CDC [PDF – 1 page]

Facts About Naegleria fowleri and Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis

Naegleria fact sheet

Message: Information about where Naegleria fowleri occurs, symptoms associated with infection, and how you can protect yourself.

Audience: Designed for the general public.

Fact Sheet: Facts About Naegleria fowleri and Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis. [PDF – 2 pages]

Ritual Nasal Rinsing & Ablution

Ritual ablution fact sheet

Message: Use safe water to protect yourself from a deadly brain infection.

Audience: Designed for religious service participants.

Web: Ritual Nasal Rinsing & Ablution

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Video: CDC Expert Commentary on Medscape

A screenshot of Jennifer Cope speaking in a medscape interview

Brain-Eating Ameba: Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis

CDC expert Dr. Jennifer Cope discusses the brain-eating ameba Naegleria fowleri, advises clinicians on how to recognize and treat the infection, and provides prevention messages that you can share with your patients.