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Naegleria fowleri - a brain eater, should you worry about it, first death reported in Korea

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Here are the details about Naegleria fowleri amoeba, symptoms and ways to get rid of brain eating amoeba.
Naegleria fowleri - a brain eater
The first death with the Naegleria fowleri amoeba, also known as the brain-eating amoeba, has been reported in South Korea. This news has created anxiety and a fear among the people, so let us know about its risk factors, symptoms and ways to avoid it.

Is Naegleria fowleri a new virus?

Naegleria fowleri or brain eater amobea
No! Naegleria fowleri is not a virus it is an amoeba that has been present on earth for a long time, it is a rare amoeba commonly found in lakes and unclean pools. The first case of brain eater amoeba was reported in America in the 19th century, The affected person is most likely to die within two weeks.

Brain-eating amoeba symptoms

Usually the patient affected by Naegleria fowleri has a headache that does not go away, loss of smell and test, fever and vomiting in the early stages. After a week, the infected patient has a stiff neck, hallucinations, loss of control of the body.

brain-eating amoeba locations

brain-eating amoeba locations
Naegleria fowleri usually lives in open warm water, so here are the places where Naegleria fowleri amoeba can be found the most
  • lakes
  • unhygienic pools
  • unhygienic water containers

How brain eating amoeba affects

How brain eating amoeba affects
Naegleria fowleri enters through your nose through the nerve cells in your brain, it affects the brain and divides quickly and within a few days it divides into thousands of amoebas.
It starts eating your brain cells and tissues, as the brain cells are damaged the brain swells and fills with pus and becomes infected.

can brain-eating amoeba be cured

As of now there is no working medicine for Naegleria fowleri amoeba, the person affected by it may die within 2 to 3 weeks, because by the time the doctor diagnoses it, it is too late , If brain eater amoeba infection is found in his early stage then some powerful antibiotics can stop it from spreading in the brain.

How to Avoid Naegleria fowleri and Should You Worry About It

You should not strictly worry about this amoeba as it is a rare amoeba and is rarely found in oceans and lakes. To avoid this, you can take precautions before diving in lakes and ponds, You can cover your face with a water face mask and or hide your nose with a cover.

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