A Florida Teenager in a grasp of Brain-Eating Amoeba

A Florida Teenager in a grasp of Brain-Eating Amoeba

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Naegleria Fowleri is also known as the brain-eating amoeba. Originally discovered in 1965. It can be found in fresh warm water or untreated water bodies.

  • Warm water bodies
  • Mud puddles, rock pit
  • Untreated swimming pools
  • Untreated Spas
  • Aquariums
  • Lakes
  • Water parks
  • Hot springs
  • Untreated municipal water

 It was first found in Australia but now it can be found in the USA as well, specifically in coastal areas.

It mainly travels through your nose to your brain, eats up the brain tissues, and leaves you with deadly infections in the brain.

Recently the report, a Florida teenager named Caleb Ziegelbauer has been in the grasp of this deadly amoeba.  Caleb has been hospitalized after the incident he got a fever according to his family member.

They were about head out on a 19day road trip when this incident took place at Port-Charolette beach park. It all started after the guy started hallucinating and becoming disoriented, the family brought him to the hospital.

Scientists’ research says that 97% do not recover from this but miracles do happen and Caleb’s family is positive about it. Family friends and even doctors are looking forward to this 13years old boy’s recovery, we wish them the best and Pray Caleb recovers soon enough to play baseball again.

Symptoms-are mostly like viral meningitis

  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Stiff neck
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Hallucinations as it is affecting the brain tissues
  • Seizures
  • Coma

This single-celled organism usually takes 2 weeks to show symptoms and if not caught early then this lead to death, 5-7 days to take the fatal stage of this, causing death.

It is very rare yet deadly, 1 in 5 people get affected every year.

This usually occurs when someone is skiing in the water, diving in the lake for fun, or swimming in the lake in the forest which is totally untreated. It also can happen on the sides of the waterfalls.
It travels via the human nose as it has a sense of smell nerves which is a chemical part of the human body, that attracts this amoeba and travels to the frontal lobe of the brain.

July to September is the high time to be affected by this amoeba.

What to do to avoid this fatality-

Use nose clips while jumping in the water, you do not know if that water has this or not. It is better to protect rather people crying over at your funeral.

Try to avoid water activities during late summer and monsoon.

Try not to go deeper into the water and touch the mud, as untreated water bodies tend to have bacteria we are not fully known of and this type of amoeba too. That might get mixed up in the water, and maybe disease was just laying there and you just stirred up.

If you are cleaning your nostrils make sure you do it with distilled water, not just with tap water.

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You can also use boiled water that had bubbles for over 3mintues and cooled down.

As it takes atleast5 14 -15 days to show symptoms, in the meantime the damage has been done already.

To avoid these one must follow the above instructions.

And if you are too cautious about your health and life then you can go immediately to the health centre, if the doubt arises.

Hi my name is Arunima Mridha.Just completed graduation in literature from Jadavpur University. Never giving up have been my motto in life for a long time