The Florida Health Department is investigating a rare case of what is commonly referred to as "brain-eating amoeba" in Glades County, northeast of Ft. Myers.
The health department provided no information about who got it, where they got it, or what condition the person is in.
Naegleria fowleri is commonly found in warm, freshwater lakes, rivers and canals. Infection with it is extremely rare: only 28 cases have been reported in the U.S. from 2003 to 2012, according to the health department.
Infection typically occurs when contaminated water enters the nose, and the amoeba travels to the brain tissue. It causes a devastating infection called primary amebic meningoencephalitis, or "PAM," and is usually fatal.
It is not found in salt water, and you cannot get it from drinking contaminated water.
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