South Korea’s Brain Eating Amoeba: What is Naegleria fowleri infection?

Brain Eating Amoeba
in South Korea

While the world is still struggling to fight COVID-19, South Korea has reported an infection caused allegedly by brain-eating amoeba

Naegleria Fowleri Infection

Naegleria fowleri infection is the scientific/botanical name of the disease caused by the brain-eating amoeba

South Korea Reports
The First Case

South Korea has reported the first case of Naegleria fowleri infection that has killed a man in his 50s. He was likely exposed to the brain-eating amoeba in Thailand

What Is Naegleria
Fowleri Infection?

Naegleria is a single-celled living organism that is microscopic in existence. The free-living ameba is found all across freshwater systems, including lakes, rivers, and soil

Naegleria Fowleri
Infection- How Is It
Contracted?

According to the US-based Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Naegleria fowleri, the amoeba, infiltrates people through the nose and travels up to the brain, hitting core tissues and damaging the nerves at times

Naegleria Fowleri
Infection

The infections usually happen when temperatures are hot, which results in higher water temperatures and lower water levels

Naegleria Fowleri
Infection- Symptoms

The patient affected with the brain-eating amoeba starts to show symptoms of meningitis. They are:
Frontal headache
- Fever
- Nausea
- Vomiting
- Stiff neck

Naegleria Fowleri Infection
Can Lead to Coma

If it gets serious, the condition in naegleria fowleri infection could lead to seizures, altered mental status, hallucinations, and even coma

Is it Communicable?

No, the Naegleria fowleri infection cannot be spread from one person to another, making it a non-communicable disease

Treatment for Naegleria
Fowleri Infection

While certain treatments and medications are available, a long-lasting, effective cure has not yet been found for the Naegleria fowleri infection

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