The more you look at the huge diversity of diseases that the world is confronting with, the more you can feel lucky that you’re healthy. There are thousands of diseases in the world, and the chances are high that scientists didn’t even discover all of them.
A new case of rare ‘zombie’ amoeba that’s nurturing itself with the brain of a US citizen has recently emerged in Hillsborough County from Florida. Also known as Naegleria fowleri, the amoeba is capable of triggering a fatal infection on the human brain.
How can you get the amoeba
Luckily enough, there’s no possibility of passing the amoeba from human to human, so there’s no use starting to panic and speculate about the emerge of a new pandemic. However, the amoeba can enter the human body through the nostrils, and it can be commonly found in warm freshwater.
The Florida Department of Health (DOH) declared:
“Remember, this disease is rare and effective prevention strategies can allow for a safe and relaxing summer swim season,”
While it’s obvious that the infection cannot be taken lightly, the DOH issued a warning to those living in Hillsborough County, saying that nasal contact with water belonging from taps and other sources must be avoided.
People who get infected with the ‘zombie’ amoeba develop some very unpleasant symptoms like fever, vomiting, headaches, nausea, and more. The recommendation of the health officials for those experiencing the symptoms is to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Most of the patients die within a week after getting infected.
Therefore, don’t hesitate to go see a doctor if you’re suspecting of having the disease. It’s a rare one, indeed, but you shouldn’t take any risks when it comes to your own health. Unfortunately, nature has a lot of ways of trying to kill us.