A new case of “Brain-Eating” amoeba has turned up in South Carolina as a report indicates that a resident has contracted an infection from the brain-eating amoeba, naegleria fowleri, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
Excerpt From The State:
The state epidemiologist Linda Bell said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed through lab tests the individual was exposed to the infectious amoeba. The exposure is thought to have occurred on July 24, when the individual was swimming near Martin’s Landing on the Edisto River in Charleston County, DHEC said. The infection the amoeba causes, primary amoebic meningoencephalitis, has about a 97 percent fatality rating. In early June, miltefosine – a drug that, when used with other medications, has worked as a potential treatment – was stocked in a U.S. hospital for the first time.