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CBS News

Title: CDC Supplies Drug to Treat Teen with Brain-eating Amoeba (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.

Minnesota Department of Health

Title: MDH Statement: Laboratory Testing Rules Out Ameba as Cause of Illness in Child (August 10, 2015)
Summary: CDC testing confirmed Minnesota child did not die from suspected Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM), but instead from streptococcal meningoencephalitis.

Student Science

Title: How ‘Brain-Eating’ Amoebas Kill (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’ Amoebas (August 10, 2015)
Summary: The microbes aren’t rare, but here’s why dangerous infections from them are.

Did You Know?

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.

CDC Public Health Matters Blog

Title: CDC Offers Hope in Fighting Brain-Eating Ameba (June 23, 2015)
Summary: An investigational drug helped treat the first American since 1978 to survive illness from Naegleria fowleri.

Mineral Wells Index

Title: BRA Warns of Swimming Health Risks (June 10, 2015)
Summary: Texas lake and river swimmers reminded of potential health risks.