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Title: CDC Supplies Drug to Treat Teen with Brain-eating Amoebaexternal icon (August 29, 2015)
Summary: A drug that has been successful in treating a rare, deadly parasitic infection has been made available to a Houston teen who is battling Naegleria fowleri.
Title: MDH Statement: Laboratory Testing Rules Out Ameba as Cause of Illness in Childexternal icon (August 10, 2015)
Summary: CDC testing confirmed Minnesota child did not die from suspected Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM), but instead from streptococcal meningoencephalitis.
Title: How ‘Brain-Eating’ Amoebas Killexternal icon (August 10, 2015)
Summary: For people infected with N. fowleri, the immune system may prove the primary cause of death.
Title: Five Things to Know About ‘Brain-Eating’ Amoebasexternal icon (August 10, 2015)
Summary: The microbes aren’t rare, but here’s why dangerous infections from them are.
July 24, 2015
- Naegleria fowleri, a brain-eating ameba found in warm freshwater, can enter the body through the nose and cause primary amebic meningoencephalitis, leading to brain swelling and death.
- An investigational drug available from the CDC Drug Service helped treat the first American since 1978 to survive illness from Naegleria fowleri.
- Swimmers can lower their risk of infection by following these tips when swimming in warm freshwater lakes, rivers, and hot springs, where most US infections have occurred.