Brain Eating Amoeba Claims Child’s Life

A 10-year-old girl died after contracting a rare brain-eating amoeba called Naegleria fowleri while swimming in the Brazos River and Lake Whitney in Texas over Labor Day weekend. Lily Mae Avant, a fifth-grader, became ill with a fever and headache the weekend after swimming in a pool, and her health quickly deteriorated, according to CNN affiliate KWTX news in Bosque County, Texas. Naegleria fowleri is a single-celled living organism commonly found in soil and warm freshwater such as lakes,...

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