TNPSC Thervupettagam

Brain-Eating Amoeba Infection

July 10 , 2024 9 days 235 0
  • Four cases of the rare but fatal primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) reported in Kerala.
  • Primary amoebic meningoencephalitis or PAM is caused by Naegleria fowler.
  • This amoeba thrives in warm freshwater lakes, ponds and rivers.
  • It can also survive in poorly maintained swimming pools in rare cases.
  • The amoeba enters the body through the nose and reaches the brain.
  • As it can infect the brain and destroy the tissues there, this one-celled organism is also called ‘brain-eating amoeba’.
  • These infections, though rare, are fatal and 97% of the patients don’t survive.

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