A man from Florida has contracted a rare amoeba that destroys the brain
In Florida, confirmed a rare case of infection with an amoeba that destroys the brain CNN.
Last Friday, July 3, the Florida Department of Health announced a confirmed case of Naegleria fowleri, a microscopic single-celled amoeba that can infect and destroy the brain. It's usually fatal, the department said.
Since 1962, only 37 cases of amoeba infection have been reported in Florida. The freshest was recorded in Hillsborough County, although no details were provided by the Department of Health.
Naegleria fowleri is commonly found in warm, fresh water such as lakes, rivers, and ponds. The health department warned people who swim in these fresh water sources about the possible presence of an amoeba, especially when the water is warm.
"Adverse effects on human health can be prevented by preventing nasal contact with water, as the amoeba enters through the nasal passages," the department said in a statement.
Officials recommend that people avoid sources of warm fresh water in the vicinity of power plants and shallow fresh water during periods when it is warm. Before bathing or playing in warm fresh water, you should put a clip on your nose.
The health department also noted that the amoeba can get into the nasal passages when washing the stasis in the sinuses using a special teapot.
"Use only boiled and chilled, distilled or sterile water to prepare solutions for rinsing with teapots or for ritual washing of the sinus passages," the message says.
According to the Florida Department of Health, there were a total of 143 cases of amoeba infection in the United States. Only four infected survived.
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