Broward County swimmer contracts brain-eating amoeba

Infection occurred on private property
Posted at 6:46 AM, Aug 11, 2016

The Florida Department of Health confirmed Wednesday a case of the brain-eating amoeba in Broward County.

Health officials believe the person contracted the infection after swimming in unsanitary water on a single private property.

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The location where the person was exposed was not immediately disclosed, but officials say they are investigating the body of water.

The patient is currently receiving treatment at a hospital.

The scientific term for the brain-eating amoeba is Naegleria fowleri.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the bacteria is commonly found in warm freshwater such as lakes and rivers and can be fatal.

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