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Brain-eating amoeba: First death reported in South Korea from Naegleria fowleri infection | World News


SEOUL: The first case from Naegleria fowleri, or “brain-eating amoeba”, has been reported in South Koreahealth authorities said Monday.
The Korea Agency for Disease Control and Prevention (KDCA) confirmed that a Korean citizen who died after returning from Thailand was infected with Naegleria fowleri, a bacteria that destroys the human brain.
The man in his 50s returned to South Korea on December 10 after a four-month stay in the Southeast Asian country and was admitted to the hospital the next day. He passed away last Tuesday, reports Yonhap Press Agency.
This is the first known infection in the country, first reported in the United States in 1937.
Naegleria fowleri is a type of amoeba commonly found in warm freshwater lakes, rivers, canals, and ponds around the world. Amoebas are inhaled through the nose and travel to the brain to destroy brain tissue.
The KDCA said the rate of human-to-human transmission of Naegleria fowleri was low but asked local residents to limit swimming in outbreak areas.
As of 2018 a total of 381 cases of Naegleria fowleri have been reported worldwide including in the US, India and Thailand.

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