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Second infection of brain-eating amoeba in Carolinas this summer



A South Carolina resident has contracted an amoeba called Naegleria fowleri, which is colloquially famous for "eating" brains, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

It's the second reported victim in the area this summer. In June, an 18-year-old woman died after getting infected by the deadly amoeba at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The amoeba infection has a 97 percent mortality rate. 

A Nurse Practitioner gives his thoughts on the amoeba (not medical advice)

In early June, a special drug called miltefosine was found to be a potential treatment for the amoeba when used with other medications. It costs about $48,000 for a round of treatment.

The drug was stocked in a U.S. hospital for the first time ever following the latest diagnosis. 

Officials aren't disclosing the name, age, sex or condition of the patient who is being treated at the medical University of South Carolina hospital in Charleston.

It's believed that the patient was exposed to the deadly amoeba while swimming near Martin's Landing on Edisto River in Charleston County on July 24th.

The amoeba live in warm-water lakes, rivers and streams. There must be a significant amount of force to send the water and amoeba into the brain, either by a person jumping or falling into the water.

Health officials recommended swimmers hold their noses or wear nose clips if they jump feet first into freshwater lakes and rivers. The warmer the water, the greater the risk of the amoeba creeping into the body. 

Second infection of brain-eating amoeba in Carolinas this summer

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