"Brain-Eating Amoeba" Kills 10 People in Pakistan
Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on October 12, 2012 @ 7:44PM
Created on October 12, 2012 @ 6:15PM
Ten people were killed recently in Pakistan by a water born parasite commonly called a "brain-eating amoeba."
The parasite lives in warm, unclean water. Generally it gets in people when they're swimming and they breathe in the water. It travels through the nose to the brain where it destroys tissues.
A family of a U.S. man who contracted the disease said he was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis weeks after getting the infection and he did die from it. Doctors say the amoeba is generally extremely deadly and can kill in a matter of days.
"It's found more in the southern parts of the states. Where it is? Just more stagnant water or even in some of the hot springs is where it's found, but yes primarily warmer water. Definitely check with local authorities because they do monitor water as far as looking for this type of organism and other organisms as well," said Dr. Jonathan Stanley, an Infectious Disease Physician at United Hospital Center.
Since the 1960's, 123 people were diagnosed with it here in the United States and only one survived.
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