(ORDO NEWS) — Experts in Florida (USA) have already sent out a terrible warning about the appearance of an amoeba eating a brain, which was discovered in Sunshine. Particularly important in the statement is that with a defeat, the person’s chances of survival are extremely low.
On July 3, the Florida Department of Health confirmed that a person had contracted a brain-eating amoeba called naegleria fowleri. According to the latest data, it is a single-celled amoeba that is commonly found in freshwater, such as rivers, ponds, lakes and springs. It creates an infection called primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), which is extremely rare, but can be very fatal.
Amoeba enters the body through the nose, and then goes to the brain, where it starts the attack. While the Ministry of Health did not provide updated information on the condition of the unnamed person, experts warn that the infection is extremely dangerous. Between 1962 and 2018, 145 people from the United States contracted the infection and only four survived.
In an interview for AccuWeather, Dr. David Kaufman, professor and chairman of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan State University, Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology, shared his observations
“Survival is almost impossible. Symptoms may appear within 24 hours, although problems may take several days.”
According to Dr. Kaufman, symptoms usually begin within 24 hours, with the main symptom of the disease is a severe headache. This can lead to seizures, as well as weakness in the face, arms, legs, and loss of speech.
“If a brain infection becomes overwhelming, anti-amoeba medications become completely useless. The exact time that this infection becomes incurable can vary depending on a number of factors.”
Dr. Kaufman also explained that a place like Florida, where it’s hot and humid, is the perfect place to live an amoeba.
“Living amoeba is quite possible in places like Florida, where there are hot springs or warm lakes. As a prophylaxis, it is recommended to avoid getting water in the nasal passages.”
“If you didn’t do this after swimming in a warm or hot lake, if you have a severe and very painful headache, especially associated with stiff neck or fever, or if a new neurological problem develops, such as cramps, weakness of hands, face or legs, or speech loss, you should immediately seek emergency medical care.”
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