Pakistan Residents Fear Brain-eating Amoeba
Health reports filed from the largest city in Pakistan, Karachi, revealthat a deadly brain-eating amoeba has surfaced again, resulting in the death of 10 residents, reports Examiner.
Health officials report that all ten of those who died were infected between March and October of this year, most likely by swimming in water in which the brain-eating amoeba live.
The amoeba allegedly enter the victim’s nostrils to cause a condition called PAM (primary amoeba meningoencephalitis).
In order to prevent widespread panic from gripping the city, health officials are working rapidly to help educate citizens about how to avoid warm freshwater which has become infected with the naegleria fowleri amoeba which literally kills brain cells by consuming them.
No one infected has yet survived this disease. Similar deaths have been reported in the United States in individuals who contracted the brain-eating amoeba by using infected water to irritate their nasal passages using the popular neti pots.