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The CDC has confirmed a child died from the brain-eating amoeba

A Nebraska child died from a brain-eating amoeba this week.

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A Nebraska toddler who went swimming in the Elkhorn River was murdered by a brain-eating amoeba, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

On Friday, the CDC announced that a youngster had contracted an extremely rare amoeba that kills 97% of its victims.

The victim’s name was withheld by authorities.

This incident marks the first known death in Nebraska caused by a brain-eating amoeba.

A CHILD FROM NEBRASKA DIES FROM A POSSIBLE BRAIN-EATING AMOEBA

According to a department news release, “Naegleria fowleri is an amoeba that is often found in warm freshwater lakes, rivers, canals, and ponds throughout the United States.” “When water containing the amoeba rushes up the nose and infects the brain, it can result in primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), a brain infection. Although the infection is relatively rare, it always ends in death.”

According to the state epidemiologist for Nebraska, incidents of brain-eating amoebas were once only seen in the southern states but are now spreading to the northern ones as well.

According to the CDC, brain-eating amoeba are uncommon in the United States. 31 infections have been reported to the CDC in the previous ten years. The likelihood of surviving after coming into touch with a brain-eating amoeba is extremely low, notwithstanding its rarity. According to the CDC, only four of the 154 people who contracted the disease between 1962 and 2021 survived, making the fatality rate there 97 percent.

The verified fatality on Friday marks the second time this year that a brain-eating amoeba has claimed a victim in the Midwest. After swimming at Iowa’s Lake of Three Fires, a citizen of Missouri contracted the disease and passed away.