Rare and Fatal Brain-Eating Amoeba Infection

Primary Amoebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM) is a rare and deadly brain infection caused by the amoeba Naegleria fowleri, which thrives in warm freshwater. Recently, three people, including a 12-year-old boy, died from PAM in Kerala, India. The amoeba enters the body through the nose and travels to the brain, causing severe damage. Early symptoms include headache, fever, nausea, and vomiting, which quickly progress to more severe symptoms like stiff neck, dizziness, and hallucinations. Diagnosis is challenging due to its rarity and similarity to other illnesses, requiring specific lab tests. Treatment follows CDC guidelines, emphasizing the need for awareness and immediate medical intervention.

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