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Here is the amoeba that can eat your brain


A species of amoeba that grows in warm freshwater like lakes, rivers or hotsprings called Naegleria fowleri can damage your brain. When a person takes in the amoeba contaminated water through his nose , the ameba travels up the nose to the brain where it destroys the brain tissue.

The infection is not spread by drinking the water but only by inhaling it. These amoebae are found in geothermally hot water sources like a hot water spring as well as in warm water coming out of industrial plants. Naegleria fowleri grows best at higher temperatures up to 115°F (46°C) and can survive for short periods at higher temperatures.

The infection is very rare and non-communicable but is more prevalent in the southern part of the world, mostly in the southern states of the United States. Infections usually occur during the summer months when it is hot for prolonged periods of time, which results in higher water temperatures and lower water levels.

Symptoms of Naegleria Fowleri infection

Naegleria fowleri causes the disease Primary Amoebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM), a brain infection that leads to the destruction of brain tissue.
The initial symptoms may include headache, fever, nausea, or vomiting. Later symptoms can include stiff neck, confusion, lack of attention to people and surroundings, loss of balance, seizures, and hallucinations. After the start of symptoms, the disease progresses rapidly and usually causes death within about 5 days (range 1 to 12 days).

The disease has more than 97% fatality rate as it causes brain tissues damage and swelling and hence death.

Beware, the next time you go to take a dip in any warm waters !