Brain Eating Amoeba

dak By dak, 2nd Nov 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Victims dies within two week once the brain eating amoeba enters the nose and then to the brain.

Brain Eating Amoeba

Naegleria fowleri also known as “the brain-eating amoeba” .Naegleria is a microscopic ameba, single-celled living organism that can cause a very rare, but severe, infection of the brain. Once forced up the nose, it can travel to the brain, where it digests brain cells. Infection nearly at all time results in the death of the victim. The mortality rate is estimated at 98%.

Brain eating ameba is usually found in warm bodies of fresh water, such as ponds, lakes, rivers, and hot springs. It is also found in soil, near warm-water discharges of industrial plants, and unchlorinated swimming pools .A hot summer and drought make the conditions perfect for the amoeba. Brain eating ameba, is not found in the ocean or other saltwater.

People can’t be infected with brain eating amoebas by swallowing contaminated water. Brain eating amoebas attacks the human nervous system. The microscopic amoeba, brain eating amoeba, attacks anyone who had inhaling it. It enters first up the nose and then goes to the brain, usually killing its victims within two weeks. Infections are most common in children and young adults.

Infection starts 1 to 14 days after exposure. Initial symptoms include headache, fever, nausea, vomiting and stiff neck, changes in taste and smell. Changes in taste and smell include confusion, lack of attention, and loss of balance, seizures and hallucinations. After the start of symptoms, the disease progresses rapidly and usually causes death within one to 12 days.

To prevent brain eating amoeba infection is to abstain from water-related activities in or with warm, untreated or poorly treated water, during periods of high water temperature and low water levels. Hold the nose shut or use nose clips when taking part in water-related activities. Stay away from digging in, or stirring up, the sediment while taking part in water-related activities in shallow, warm freshwater areas.


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author avatar richardpeeej
3rd Nov 2011 (#)

Wow Dak I wouldn't want to come in contact with this amoeba...thanks for sharing this.

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