Brain Eating Amoeba Bacteria Found in Florida

A very rare case of Naegleria fowleri was confirmed in Florida today and that is interesting. I studied different types of amoeba in microbiology but I have never heard of a case with them until now. The last case of this was in 1962 and only 4 people survived out of 100 or so people. These flesh eating bacteria species live in water so it’s easier for them to move around. These specific species feed on the brain and it is deadly.

Amoeba Bacteria

Florida is known for the rivers and water trails. The state is full of water plus swamps and everglades. Especially the muddy water with lots of rocks under and the thick water. I say thick water because sometimes it be so dark due to the mud . This is where these specific bacteria’s live. Since people are going back to the water, there will probably be more cases. I hope there won’t be but you can never be sure. That amoeba bacteria is dangerous because it do mess up so much without treatment. Thankfully, they can treat it even though four people survived.

There are some signs if you think you have it which are, stiff neck, seizures, mental status, hallucinations or a coma. Signs usually come with a few day after a swim in contaminated water. They should honestly close the water wherever that person was swimming to stop anyone else from catching it. I doubt they would do it because you know these officials are all the same.

Be care when you are swimming in public places because you don’t know what’s out there. I don’t swim in lakes because you can easily catch something in them. In my microbiology and other biology class, my professor gave us pond water near his house so that we can look at it under a microscope. Need to say, I was fully intrigued because there was a lot of bacteria. I saw just about everything. Who knew water was filled with so much.

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