Naegleria fowleri & Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis: Rare But Deadly
This 2-pg overview sheds light on Naegleria fowleri, the waterborne ""brain-eating amoeba"" that causes primary amebic meningoencephalitis. Infection rates appear to be slowly rising and mortality is high: only 3 survivors out of 133 confirmed cases since 1962. Health care professionals can learn about symptoms, how infection spreads, and risk reduction. No cure exists, but experimental treatments are being investigated.