Deadly parasites that have crossed the globe

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Deadly Parasites That Have Crossed The Globe

By Hany Elsheikha
2:30 PM Monday Apr 27, 2015
Brain-eating amoeba: Naegleria fowleri

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Naegleria fowleri – commonly known as brain-eating amoeba – is single-celled and free-living and thrives in warm bodies of water. This parasite can cause a rare brain infection called meningoencephalitis, which causes severe brain inflammation. The amoeba also causes a whole host of other neurological symptoms and has a fatality rate approaching 100%.
If water containing the amoeba enters the nose, the parasite can travel via the olfactory nerves, which are responsible for detecting odour molecules and transmitting them as signals to the brain. Initial symptoms appear in less than a week after infection and include fever, headache, nausea, stiffness in the neck, and vomiting. As infection progresses patients develop lack of attention, loss of balance, seizures, hallucinations, and finally coma and death.
The parasite has been detected in South America and Asia but cases have also been reported in Australia, US and the UK.

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Naegleria fowleri infection is diagnosed based on microscopic examination of the fluid present the central nervous system, where active amoebae may be detected.
Sappinia pedata, another free-living amoeba found in water was reported in a 38-year-old patient with neurological symptoms from Texas.

Deadly Parasites That Have Crossed The Globe
Deadly Parasites That Have Crossed The Globe
Deadly Parasites That Have Crossed The Globe
Deadly Parasites That Have Crossed The Globe

Deadly Parasites That Have Crossed The Globe

Deadly Parasites That Have Crossed The Globe



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