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The problem in India: Children dying from brain-eating amoeba

An alarm has been sounded in India Three children were infected and died within a short time of the brain-eating amoeba Naegleria fowleri.

The last case is one 14 year old boy from Kerala State Who died from it rare brain infectionThe boy who was abused. Naegleria fowleri After swimming in polluted lake In the dirty water there was an amoeba that entered his body and despite the treatment the child did not succeed.

On May 21, one person also died in Kerala. 5 year old girl while another one 13 year old girl He lost his life in the same way on June 25.

What is Naegleria fowleri?

According to NDTV, the amoeba Naegleria fowleri is a microscopic organism found in warm fresh waterlike Lakes and rivers And warm sourcesas well as in Terrain In raw water.

Swimming or diving in contaminated water can allow this. Amoeba enters through the nose and moves to the brain.This causes a serious and often fatal infection called primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM). It spreads quickly and requires immediate action. treatment.

Unfortunately, there are no known effective treatments for this infection. Doctors today use a combination of medications such as amphotericin B, azithromycin, fluconazole, rifampin, miltefosine, and dexamethasone to manage the disease.

acute symptoms

Symptoms include: Headache, fever, nausea, vomiting, and changes in mental statusThe CDC reports that most people who are infected die within one to 18 days after symptoms appear.

It is usually found in people with coma And They die about five days after symptoms appear..

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