An unidentified patient in Florida is being treated after being infected with a brain-eating amoeba last week, according to the Florida Department of Health. It is the fourth known case this year of infection by the parasite Naegleria fowleri. “We believe that the individual contracted the infection after swimming in unsanitary water on a single private property,” said
Mara Gambineri, the health department’s communications director, noting that there is no risk to the general public.
The parasite is almost always deadly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 1962 and 2015 there were 138 known cases of primary amebic meningoencephalitis, the infection caused by the amoeba, and only three of those patients survived. CONTINUE