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Doctor insights on: Brain Eating Amoeba Naegleria

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Should I be concerned about brain-eating amoeba (Naegleria fowleri)?

Should I be concerned about brain-eating amoeba (Naegleria fowleri)?

It is really rare.: In the United States most infections have been found in warm bodies of freshwater in southern states. It is rare. Worldwide, since 1965, > than 144 cases were confirmed. So, I would not lose sleep over it. ...Read more

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What symptoms are related to brain-eating amoeba (Naegleria fowleri)?

What symptoms are related to brain-eating amoeba (Naegleria fowleri)?

Agree w Dr. Liang: N. fowleri infection causes primary amebic meningoencephalitis which destroys brain tissue. Sx's usually begin within 2 to 15 days of exposure & may include sudden fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, nausea / vomiting, light sensitivity, feeling tired, confusion, loss of balance, hallucinations, seizures & death.
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What are the complications of brain-eating amoeba (Naegleria fowleri)?

What are the complications of brain-eating amoeba (Naegleria fowleri)?

Naegleria fowleri: Naegleria fowleri infection complications can lead to confusion, loss of balance, marked sedation, hallucinations, seizures & death. ...Read more

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What conditions are related to brain-eating amoeba (Naegleria fowleri)?

What conditions are related to brain-eating amoeba (Naegleria fowleri)?

Naegleria fowleri: is famous for rare cases of primary amebic meningoencephalitis . ...Read more

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I am from Louisiana & my parish informed us the water tested positive for Naegleria fowleri "Brain eating amoeba. " How easy is it to become infected?

I am from Louisiana & my parish informed us the water tested positive for Naegleria fowleri "Brain eating amoeba. " How easy is it to become infected?

Very, very rare.: In June 2017 drinking water testing by the Louisiana Dept of Health confirmed N. fowleri, in Ouachita Parish’s North Monroe Water System & Terrebonne Parish’s Schriever Water System. REF: https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/naegleria/public-water-systems-louisiana.html When it has been found previously in Louisiana (rarely) improvements were made to water systems and there were extra flushings. ...Read more

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Can you get Naegleria Fowleri the brain eating amoeba from tap water? I got tap water up my nose. Or can it not survive in tap water?

Can you get Naegleria Fowleri the brain eating amoeba from tap water? I got tap water up my nose. Or can it not survive in tap water?

When water is: properly chlorinated N. fowleri is killed. "Naegleria fowleri can grow in public and private water tanks and pipes, especially where little or no disinfectant (like chlorine or chloramine) is present. It can also grow in the pipes and water heaters of homes and buildings." It is exceedingly rare for municipal water not to be adequately chlorinated. > ...Read more

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I was looking at the news and i heard a teen had something call brain eating amoeba what. Kind of disease is that and how do u get it pleaz help?

I was looking at the news and i heard a teen had something call brain eating amoeba what. Kind of disease is that and how do u get it pleaz help?

Naegleria fowleri: N. fowleri infection causes primary amebic meningoencephalitis which destroys brain tissue. Naegleria fowleri is most often found in warm lakes, rivers, hot springs, warm water discharged from industrial plans,& poorly chlorinated or un-chlorinated pools. It is transmitted when infected water goes into the nose. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have brain eating amoeba?

How do I know if I have brain eating amoeba?

Naegleria Fowleri ?: Sx’s include headache, fever, stiff neck, nausea, vomiting as well as changes in the sense of smell ; touch. Symptoms progress with confusion, hallucinations ; seizures. You would be deathly ill if you had a brain eating amoeba. ...Read more

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Can the brain eating amoeba kill me without water?

Can the brain eating amoeba kill me without water?

No: Naegleria fowleri is transmitted via water into the nose to lead to Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis. ...Read more

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Can you get the brain eating amoeba from tap water in Pennsylvania?

Can you get the brain eating amoeba from tap water in Pennsylvania?

N. fowleri: Between 1962 & 2016 there have been NO case-reports of Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis caused by Naegleria fowleri in Pennyslvania. Your risks are pretty dog gone low. ...Read more

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Can you get the brain eating amoeba from dust or dirt. Or is it only in water. ?

Can you get the brain eating amoeba from dust or dirt. Or is it only in water. ?

Naegleria fowleri: Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis caused by Naegleria fowleri is transmitted by water - not dust/dirt. ...Read more

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Odds of brain eating amoeba inf from neti pot using brita pitcher water?

Odds of brain eating amoeba inf from neti pot using brita pitcher water?

Not likely: This actually is an interesting question. There are no guarantees in life and you could get an amoeba at any time. However, it would be really unlikely with first potable and then filtered water. I would assume you are using clean municipal water and then extra filtering it with Brita. So, the risk is low, but there are just no guarantees: nothing in medicine is ever 100% ...Read more

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What type of symptoms and how severe would they be after getting infected by brain eating amoeba, 8 days after infection?

What type of symptoms and how severe would they be after getting infected by brain eating amoeba, 8 days after infection?

Severe !!: N. fowleri infection causes primary amebic meningoencephalitis which destroys brain tissue. Sx's usually begin within 2 to 15 days of exposure & may include sudden fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, nausea / vomiting, light sensitivity, feeling tired, confusion, loss of balance, hallucinations, seizures & death. ...Read more

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As I was drinking I accidentally inhaled a little bit of bottled water. What's the chance that I could get the brain eating amoeba from that?

As I was drinking I accidentally inhaled a little bit of bottled water.  What's the chance that I could get the brain eating amoeba from that?

Naegleria fowleri: Between 1962 & 2016 there have been NO xase-reports of Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis caused by Naegleria fowleri. You are pretty safe with this scenario. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a brain eating amoeba or any other amoeba to reach your brain from your nose and start doing what it does like feeding?

How long does it take for a brain eating amoeba or any other amoeba to reach your brain from your nose and start doing what it does like feeding?

PAM: You might be thinking of primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (pam), an infection from amoebas that can live in warm (above 85 degrees f) freshwater lakes, rivers, and some hot springs. Symptoms start in 1-7 days after exposure, but exposure is more common than disease. Inhaling infested water allows the infective trophozoite to cross from nose into brain. Ruptured eardrums provide another path. ...Read more

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I forgot to boil the water I used before I used a neti pot. What are my chances of getting a brain eating amoeba? The water was from a mountain spring

I forgot to boil the water I used before I used a neti pot. What are my chances of getting a brain eating amoeba? The water was from a mountain spring

Very, very low risk.: The risk is very low considering that there have been NO case-reports of Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis caused by Naegleria fowleri in the state of Massachusetts between 1962 & 2016. Always use sterile water for neti pot. ...Read more

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Got water up nose today at water park in Utah what's chance of getting brain eating amoeba?

Got water up nose today at water park in Utah what's chance of getting brain eating amoeba?

Really LOW: There have been NO case-reports of Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis caused by Naegleria fowleri in Utah from 1962 until 2016. ...Read more

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I cleaned fish tank that hadn't been cleand in over yr. wore gloves but now i have headache. What are chances on brain eating amoeba?

I cleaned fish tank that hadn't been cleand in over yr. wore gloves but now i have headache. What are chances on brain eating amoeba?

With this scenario: extraordinarily low. Naegleria fowleri
is most often found in warm lakes, rivers, hot springs, warm water discharged from industrial plans,& poorly chlorinated or un-chlorinated pools. “Naegleria fowleri can grow in public & private water tanks and pipes, especially where little or no disinfectant (like chlorine or chloramine) is present. It can also grow in the pipes & water heaters of homes & > ...Read more

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I used a Neti Pot today for my sinus I used tap water should I be concerned of Brain-Eating Amoeba I read about it today and have myself scared ?

I used a Neti Pot today for my sinus I used tap water should I be concerned of Brain-Eating Amoeba I read about it today and have myself scared 
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Not in Canada or USA: The Amoeba infections occurred mostly in India in areas of polluted water. This is NOT the case in 1st world countries where water is treated with chlorination. ...Read more

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