South Korea announced the first death toll from Naegleria fowleri, also known as “brain-eating amoeba”, which lives in stagnant waters such as muddy water, lakes and swimming pools, and enters the human brain through the nose.
EXPLANATION OF “PATIENT VIRUS RECEIVED ABROAD”
According to the news in UAV, the statement made by the Korea Agency for Disease Control and Prevention (KDCA), “It was confirmed for the first time that a patient with cerebral meningitis, who had recently returned from abroad, had Negleria fowler infection”.
Headache, Vomiting, Speech Impairment SYMPTOMS
It was learned that the patient, who returned to South Korea on December 10 and died on December 21, had been in Thailand for 4 months before showing symptoms such as headache, fever, vomiting, and speech disorder.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF THE DISEASE?
Naegleria fowleri, also known as the “brain-eating amoeba,” infects stagnant waters such as muddy water, lakes and swimming pools. Naegleria fowleri, which causes meningitis called Primary Amoebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM), manifests itself with symptoms such as rhinitis, high fever, nausea, headache and eye pain.
KILLS IN A SHORT TIME
In most cases, confusion, coma, and death occur within a short time. Since Naegleria fowleri is a heat-loving amoeba, it is known that an increase in cases is expected due to global warming.
IS THERE A TREATMENT?
It is stated that there is no known cure for this disease. It is claimed that two people survived the disease, which is 97% fatal, after a new drug called Miltefosine was tried. However, it is emphasized that it is very difficult to cope with excessive cerebral edema in this disease.