How A Tiny Amoeba Can Eat Your Brain

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

There’s a dangerous single celled amoeba lurking in lakes across the country that can literally eat your brain! And this year, there’s been an unusually high number of cases of people infected. Trace explains what’s going on, and how you can protect yourself from this hidden threat.

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Brain-Eating Amoeba

“It doesn’t happen often. But most summers, several Americans — usually healthy, young people — suffer sudden, tragic deaths from brain-eating amoeba.”

Florida boy continues to battle brain-eating amoeba

School begins Monday in this rural Florida town about 30 miles east of Fort Myers, but one seventh-grader won’t be in class.”

Naegleria fowleri – Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM)

“Naegleria is an ameba (single-celled living organism) commonly found in warm freshwater (for example, lakes, rivers, and hot springs) and soil. Only one species (type) of Naegleria infects people:Naegleria fowleri.”

Plague in the United States

“Plague was first introduced into the United States in 1900, by rat–infested steamships that had sailed from affected areas, mostly from Asia. Epidemics occurred in these port cities. The last urban plague epidemic in the United States occurred in Los Angeles from 1924 through 1925.”

Brain-eating amoebas thrive in US lakes as global warming heats waterways

“It’s a fatal infection without an effective treatment, and one that strikes in a decidedly gruesome manner: An amoebic organism lurking in water is inadvertently inhaled during a swim on a hot summer’s day.”

Brain-Eating Amoeba: How One Girl Survived

“The 12-year-old Kali Hardig of Arkansas is now the third survivor of the rare but nearly always fatal infection caused by the brain-eating parasite Naegleria fowleri.”

Brain-Eating Amoeba Lurk in U.S. Lakes. But Should You Worry?

“Brain-eating amoeba, found in warm lakes, streams, and hot springs, are back.
Or more accurately, they never went away. Three people have died in recent weeks after attacks from a single-celled organism called Naegleria fowleri: A girl in Florida, a boy in Virginia and a 20-year-old man in Louisiana.”

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32 comments

Richard Turner August 24, 2019 - 3:37 PM

If this amoeba can enter our nose and go to our brain and have a feast, then we're all in serious trouble if we swim in a pool or creek, correct? I don't like nose plugs either. I like to breath through my nose, not my mouth.

Caleb Barton September 2, 2019 - 10:11 PM

HOLY CRAP IM ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIED THANK U😵😵😵

Christy Shultz September 16, 2019 - 10:02 AM

It is not the only amoeba that is dangerous you people are misinformed and are dangerous for self thumbs down. Just a clue dumbasses actually look up amoebic dysentery.

Emberbane January 10, 2020 - 2:56 AM

This infection is one of the rarest infections you can get, besides sometimes the amoeba doesn’t even make it to your brain

Long Bibi January 14, 2020 - 10:39 PM

I had amoeba up my nose but I took nose drops and it all went

foreverkurome March 26, 2020 - 9:41 AM

They say about people posting weird stuff on social media having a chance of getting infected by this amoeba by what they're doing… I don't think it will matter in their case, the poor amoeba will just starve to death from lack of food.

Rosli Idris March 30, 2020 - 12:10 PM

Thats why people allergic to water

Pijus Bielevičius April 23, 2020 - 9:39 PM

Bich ai am scared of corona

Pooch May 20, 2020 - 1:41 AM

my brain can't be eaten because I dont have one

Jacinta Wakomu May 20, 2020 - 11:46 AM

When I grow up am going to be a pediatric am will cure children of that one because they are mostly affected

Akshat Yadav June 10, 2020 - 10:34 AM

And I thought only zombies like human brains.

yuanyuan ge June 20, 2020 - 6:27 AM

Prions are more dangerous than this

yuanyuan ge June 20, 2020 - 6:28 AM

Pneumonic bubonic or septimadic

Marie Cherry July 8, 2020 - 2:32 AM

This guy is way too excited for something so serious cmon

FrozenMNL July 12, 2020 - 6:03 PM

seems like od news or Earth d news

Whamboy July 19, 2020 - 9:11 AM

oh shit i have a headache

thatboyjmac July 25, 2020 - 2:00 AM

I GUARANTEE THE AMOBEA WILL EVOLVE INTO A ZOMBIE AND START A ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE

RunPJs September 27, 2020 - 10:37 PM

I never knew there was a route from the nose to the brain! Scary!

William H. Burke, Jr. September 28, 2020 - 9:51 AM

A six year old boy in southeast Texas died of an "amoeba eating his brain" today. Can't we get medcine to kill these little bastards?

PowerPixel456 September 30, 2020 - 3:18 AM

if i get it, it'll starve!

YO BOY SHEEPY October 4, 2020 - 4:20 AM

Hahahahahaha stupid amoeba I have no brain

Never Forget November 14, 2020 - 3:57 PM

Is this guy gay? just curious

Jojo Kentang December 8, 2020 - 11:28 AM

I like warn water now
Im not gonna take a BATH with warm water now

Abhijit leihaorambam December 24, 2020 - 6:44 PM

2020 brain eating amoeba outbreak.

Manolito Arceo paper maker February 10, 2021 - 3:39 PM

Clean warm water use clean warm water

Manolito Arceo paper maker February 10, 2021 - 3:40 PM

Like the most cleanest warm water use it now not like any different clean water just we use that

Manolito Arceo paper maker February 10, 2021 - 3:42 PM

Or pick to just hold your nose

Manolito Arceo paper maker February 10, 2021 - 3:42 PM

That's the treatment

S F February 22, 2021 - 8:33 PM

When people come here to get information because they may have what you describe, it's not cool to see you making fun of it.

joke, half-meant May 31, 2021 - 6:01 PM

Nose plugs.

Nick Finns September 16, 2021 - 1:21 AM

I was better off before I watched this video

but a school assignment is a school assignment

Music dd9d453 October 2, 2021 - 3:19 PM

Is it possible to splash the water up to the nerve of olfactory mucosa and get N.Fowleri infection while you are in a tub taking a bath?