Deadly ‘Brain-Eating Amoeba’ Takes Second Victim In August

American parents better make sure the river their children would swim is safe from a deadly “brain-eating amoeba”. This developed after the bacteria already killed two people in the month of August. The latest victim of the deadly bacteria is Christian Strickland, 9 from Henrico County in Virginia who died of meningitis last August 5 after the amoeba already penetrated his brain. In the initial medical investigation, the boy got the infection at a fishing camp in his place.

Earlier, the amoeba known as “Naegleria fowleri” also killed teenager Courtney Nash who died after the bacteria also penetrated her brain. Nash contracted the amoeba after  diving off a dock into the St. John’s River at her grandmother’s house in Florida. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed commonly found in warm, s tagnant water in freshwater lakes, ponds, and rivers, the parasite “enters the nasal passages and migrates to the olfactory nerves, eventually invading the brain. Once inside the body, the deadly amoeba eventually causes meningitis.

The symptoms of the disease include fever, nausea, stiff neck and a frontal headache. Moreover, it was learned that thirty-two infections of the parasite were reported in the U.S. between 2001 and 2010. The amoeba was first discovered by August Johann Rösel von Rosenhof in 1757. Early naturalists referred to Amoeba as the Proteus animalcule after the Greek god Proteus, who could change his shape. The name “amibe” was given to it by Bory de Saint-Vincent, from the Greek amoibè, meaning change. Dientamoeba fragili was first described in 1918, and was linked to harm in humans.