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Water-borne amoeba killed 6

May 31, 2008|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A rare brain illness that spreads in freshwater lakes, rivers and hot springs killed six people in Florida, Texas and Arizona in 2007, the most in more than five years, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Known as primary amoebic meningoencephalitis, or PAM, the infection has struck 121 people in 15 Southern states over the last 71 years, the CDC said. It is caused when Naegleria fowleri goes up the nose to the brain.

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