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Posted by Trini Kid - - 0 comments

Sup Travellers?! The next time you go swimming in a freshwater lake I recommend that you take all the necessary precautions to not make any contact with Naegleria fowleri, a rare brain-eating amoeba. 

No matter how rare the brain-eating amoeba is it is still something that you need to take seriously because just recently nine-year-old Hally Yust of Spring Hill Kansas died after making contact with the Naegleria fowleri while swimming.

According to USA Today, Yust contracted an infection called primary amoebic meningoencephalitis and was hospitalized after complaining of meningitis-like symptoms. Health officials don't know where she got the infection because she reportedly had been swimming in a number of lakes throughout her area.

"The amoeba goes up through the nose and into the brain and once it's there, there's really nothing anybody can do. There's only been one case that actually lived through this. All the other cases have passed away," Tiffany Geiger, an investigator with the Johnson County Health Department, told WDAF.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Friday that Hally was only the second known case of a person contracting the infection in Kansas. The amoeba grows at higher temperatures, so the risk rises in summer, and it most commonly occurs in lakes and rivers in southern states, particularly Florida and Texas.

But, this story shouldn't cause you to stay away from all freshwater lakes because the chances of you drowning are still higher than actually contracting the disease. Less than 200 cases have been reported in the US in the past five decades. Anyway, my name is Trinikid and you've just been informed.