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Brain-eating amoeba kills person who swam in North Carolina water park

Brain-eating amoeba kills person who swam in North Carolina water park”

The federal Centers for Illness Adjust and Prevention confirmed it used to be attributable to Naegleria fowleri, a single-celled organism identified as the mind-eating amoeba.

"Naegleria fowleri usually infects people when contaminated water enters the body through the nose".

The amoeba went up the victim's nose and took his life.

Naegleria fowleri is a type of amoeba that enters through the nostrils and travels to the brain and starts to destroy the brain tissues. In very rare instances, Naegleria infections may also occur when contaminated water from other sources (such as inadequately chlorinated swimming pool water or contaminated tap water) enters the nose, for example when people submerge their heads or cleanse their noses during religious practices, and when people irrigate their sinuses (nose) using contaminated tap water.

Mostly, the Naegleria fowleri contaminates the hot springs, freshwater lakes, and rivers.

Stage 1 symptoms include fever, nausea, and severe frontal headache; later symptoms include a stiff neck, seizures, and hallucinations.

If swallowed, the organism is harmless - but if it enters via the nose, it travels to the brain and causes primary amoebic meningoencephalitis, which is nearly invariably fatal.

It's only infected only 145 people in the United States from 1962 to 2018. Five of those cases occurred in North Carolina.

Notably, people can not contract the bacteria by drinking contaminated water. Simmering water temperatures, low water levels and water rushing through the nostril all conspire to hurl the amoeba toward the brain. It will most probably be fatal if pressured up the nostril nevertheless does no longer role off illness if swallowed.

In light of the recent news, the brain-eating bacteria is no reason to cause hysteria.

Naegleria fowleri infections are rare. In the USA, most infections occur in southern states, particularly during the summer months after it has been hot for prolonged periods, which raises the water temperature, NCDHH said.

Health officials in Guildford County have since put up warning signs for swimmers but have not closed the water park.

"These rare infections usually occur when it is hot for prolonged periods of time, which results in higher water temperatures and lower water levels", the department said. But before you hit the water park, here's what you need to know to stay safe.

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