The vast majority of cases, 74, occurred in southern states; but six were reported in the Midwest, including Minnesota, Kansas and Indiana. Of these six cases, five occurred after 2010, the report said.
Where has the brain-eating amoeba been found?
Naegleria fowleri is naturally found in warm freshwater environments such as lakes and rivers 5-9, naturally hot (geothermal) water such as hot springs 10, warm water discharge from industrial or power plants 11, 12, geothermal well water 13, 14, poorly maintained or minimally chlorinated swimming pools 15, water ...
What states have had brain-eating amoeba?
Along with Texas, Florida leads the US in cases of brain-eating amoeba infection. Going back to 1962, more than half of all reported cases have come from these two states, per CDC data.
How many cases of brain-eating amoeba are there in the US?
Based on the free-living ameba registry maintained by the CDC, 138 case reports of PAM have occurred in the US from 1962-2015. Out of 138 cases, 135 cases have been fatal and there are only three survivors, which means the infection has a fatality rate of nearly 98 percent.
Is there a brain-eating amoeba in Florida?
A case of a rare brain-eating amoeba has been confirmed in Florida, according to health officials in the US state. The Florida Department of Health (DOH) said one person in Hillsborough County had contracted Naegleria fowleri.
What are the odds of getting brain-eating amoeba?
The risk of Naegleria fowleri infection is very low. There have been 34 reported infections in the U.S. in the 10 years from 2010 to 2019, despite millions of recreational water exposures each year.