First fatal case of brain eating amoeba in South Korea

First fatal case of brain eating amoeba in South Korea: patient had symptoms of meningitis

South Korea has announced its first death from primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), a devastating infection caused by the brain-eating amoeba.

The brain-eating amoeba Source: Wikipedia

The brain-eating amoeba Source: Wikipedia

there South Korea announced the first death on the state soil of a Patiently hit byinfection from brain-eating amoeba. The dramatic case involving a person returning from Thailand after a four-month trip was reported by Dr. Ji Young-mi confirmed in a press release from the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although the microorganism responsible for the infection – the protist Naegleria fowleri – is present in the freshwater from all over the world, the cases of brain-eating amoeba making international headlines come primarily from the United States, which has seen an increase in infections in recent years, particularly in places where they previously went undetected, such as Iowa and Nebraska. Generally, about ten are registered in the US each year.

The protist Naegleria fowleri is commonly known as the brain-eating amoeba because it catches it after infection attacks the central nervous systemprovoked swelling, inflammation and tissue destruction, as specified in the authoritative MSD Healthcare Professional Handbooks. The microorganism lives mainly in freshwater and slow-flowing water bodies lakes and pondswhere it can withstand temperatures in excess of 45°C. It normally lives on the seabed, but when the water offers stressful conditions, it can take shape two-flashed who can swim freely, who is responsible for the infections. When swimming, indeed, the amoeba can get in the nose and infect the olfactory mucosa; from here it goes uphill, driven by the higher temperatures olfactory nerve until the attack on the Brainwhere it unleashes them primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (WFP extension) or Naegleriasisa very serious infection. It is deadly indeed 97 percent of cases.

As reported by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the patient returned from Thailand presented to the emergency room with symptoms of a meningitiswith temperature, headache, He choked, neck stiffness and loss of the ability to speak. His biological samples were subjected to laboratory tests to detect the pathogen and to make it responsible for three types of protozoa from genetic tests (18S rRNA). amoebic encephalitis, a 99.6 percent match with Naegleria fowleri was found. Unfortunately, the patient passed away on December 21st. The age was not disclosed, but the victims are usually children. One of the most recent cases involved a 14-year-old from Port Charlotte, Fla., who was taken to Golisano Children’s Hospital.

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The Korean body states that “to prevent infection with Fowler’s free amoeba, special caution should be exercised when traveling to areas where it has been reported, avoiding swimming and recreational activities, and using clean water.” To reduce risk, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) recommends not disturbing the bottom substrate when bathing, not diving when the water is too hot, Don’t dip your head and protect your nose by keeping it closed.