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Smart Woman: Deadly Amoeba Infection

Two children in the United States are fighting for their life after being diagnosed with a rare and deadly brain eating amoeba. The amoeba enters the body through the nose when people are swimming where water is warm, such as lakes and rivers.
        Two children in the United States are fighting a rare and deadly infection. They have both been diagnosed with an infection caused by a brain eating amoeba. The amoeba enters the body through the nose when people are swimming where the water is warm, such as lakes and rivers. The amoeba affects the spinal cord and the brain by destroying brain tissue and brain cells, causing the brain to swell. Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the infection is extremely rare, but it’s almost always fatal.
        Symptoms include headache, fever, nausea, and vomiting, followed by a stiff neck, confusion, hallucinations and seizures. Health officials say there are ways to reduce your risk. Avoid water related activities during periods of high water temperature and low water levels. You can hold your nose or wear nose clips. Also avoid digging in and stirring up sediment in warm shallow fresh water.
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