Nature & Environment
Brain-eating amoeba claims second victim
By T.K. Randall
August 18, 2011 · 17 comments
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A deadly parasite has been generating great concern as it claims a second victim this month.
The brain-eating amoeba can be picked up from stagnant water in lakes and ponds, once contracted it almost always proves fatal. The victim this time was a 9-year-old who picked it up after visiting a fishing camp. Over 30 infections have been reported over the last decade in the United States.
A parasite known as the brain-eating amoeba has claimed its second young American victim this month. Christian Strickland, a 9-year-old from Henrico County in Virginia contracted an infection after visiting a fishing camp in his state. He died of meningitis on August 5.
Source: Yahoo! News
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