12 year old girl was a Victim of a Rare Brain-Eating Parasite!
Have you been watching any scary movies lately?
Well, here’s a story that might just give you the creeps.
In recent news, there was a 12 year old girl from Arkansas that was confined in the hospital after it was discovered that she had been infected by a brain-eating parasite.
It was confirmed by the Arkansas Department of Health, that the girl’s brain was infected by a rare amoeba.
This amoeba, called N. Fowleri, thrives in warm waters and enters through the nasal cavity. There, it just literally starts eating away at your brain.
In addition to that, the parasite might even cause a form of meningitis that kills you in five days with its 99% rate of fatality.
N. Fowleri, mostly found in the warmer states due to the warm temperatures, has apparently moved further north, and to many different regions in the United States as well.
It’s peculiar why it’s happening, but most experts have been keen to point it all on the climate change contributed by global warming.
Yes, global warming is causing parasites to spread.
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Global warming is to blame for the spread of Brain Eating Parasites
Although there had only been 32 reported incidents concerning N. Fowleri in the past decade in the US, it seems as if this number is expected to rise.
If warm weather keeps up, not only are we at a higher risk of contracting it, but so are other places as well.
It’s expected to reach the states higher north.
The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention released a statement concerning this that advised people not to be swimming in warm freshwater, especially in the summer where the risk of infection goes up.
“N. Fowleri is a heat-loving amoeba. As water temperatures go up, its ability to spread does so as well.
In light of the steadily increasing climate temperature due to global warming, it might be concluded that the number of these cases will rise in the future.”
Michael Beach, CDC
The CDC is currently calculating the potential risk of N. Fowleri showing up in other places where it’s not supposed to be.
It’s not good, though. Just in 2012, there have been cases of the amoeba all the way up in Minnesota.
Scary when you think about it. I guess there goes my vacation plans this summer in Florida!
I’ll have to go somewhere else!