Recently I wrote about a brain-eating parasite (PAM) Primary Amebic Goencephalitis. Its most recent victim is a 12-year-old girl in Little Rock, Arkansas. The last case in Arkansas was in 2010. There have been 5 reported cases of this rare parasitic disease between 1962-2012.
The parasite, Naegleria Fowleri, enters the victim through the nose and works its way up to the brain where it starts to consume brain matter.
Almost all cases are fatal, even when treated. The treatment has not been used enough to know the extent of its effectiveness. The young girl has been put into a medically-induced coma to aid in recovery.
One to 7 days after infection symptoms begin such as headache, fever, nausea, vomiting and a stiff neck. The disease progresses rapidly after symptoms first appear. Confusion, hallucinations and seizures can occur during the last phase of the disease. Death usually occurs within 1-12 days after the onset of the first symptoms.
To read more about Naegleria Fowleri, please read my previous article: