Beware of the Naegleria fowleri

           Naegleria fowleri is a free-living, parasitic amoeba commonly referred to as the “brain-eating” amoeba due to its deadly interactions with humans and other animals.  It is usually found in warm, fresh water environments all around the world.  This organism can adapt to different environments that it may live in, by changing its form it can become more fit.  This organism is the only species in its genus that is known to infect humans.  It causes a deadly disease called Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis also known as PAM, which causes damage to the central nervous system and the brain.  This disease is extremely rare and has low survivor rates, proving how harmful this tiny amoeba can be.  For being so small N. fowleri proves to be a complex organism with a unique way of living and a diverse habitat (Martinez and Govinda 2003).

Photo From: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention




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