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On a popular lake in California, a child becomes infected with a brain-eating amoeba: authorities sound the alarm

Tehama County, California, health officials sound the alarm after a child contracted a rare brain-eating amoeba. The edition told in more detail KTVL.

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A child under the age of 10 was likely exposed while swimming in a lake in Tehama County.

The infection is called primary amoebic meningoencephalitis. There have been only 1971 reported cases in California since 10, according to the Tehama County Health Department.

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People become infected when water containing amoeba enters the nose, the press release said. "From the nose, the amoeba can sometimes migrate to the brain and destroy its tissues."

Remarkably, the amoeba can only enter through the nose, which means that you cannot become infected by swallowing water containing a microscopic organism.

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In addition, the amoeba cannot be transmitted from person to person.

The authorities did not specify on which lake the infection occurred. No details were given about the severity of the infection or the condition of the child.

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