Officials in Florida confirmed that an individual has been infected with the rare and deadly, Naegleria fowleri.
Naegleria fowleri its often referred as the “brain-eating amoeba”.
It is a free-living, bacteria-eating microorganism that can be pathogenic, causing an extremely rare fulminant (sudden and severe) and fatal brain infection.
This microorganism is typically found in water bodies such as lakes, rivers, hot springs and sometimes even swimming pools.
The amoeba usually enters the human body through the nose.
The amoeba CANNOT be passed from person to person.
Its usually found in the warmer months.
Such infections are rare in the United States. Between 2009 and 2018, only 34 infections were reported in the country.
In a precaution Florida Department of Health (DOH) asked residents to avoid nasal contact with water from taps and other sources.
Those infected with Naegleria fowleri have symptoms including fever, nausea and vomiting, as well as a stiff neck and headaches. Most die within a week.