A teenager is fighting for his life after being bitten by a brain-eating amoeba on a beach holiday with his family.

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  • A teenage boy in Florida is hospitalized with a brain-eating amoeba infection.

  • His family brought him to the emergency room with fever and hallucinations.

  • Doctors believe that he may have inhaled the dangerous amoeba while swimming at the beach.

A 13-year-old boy in Florida was hospitalized with a brain-eating amoeba infection after a family visit to the beach. NBC 2 Reported

Ziegelbauer’s vacation changed about a week after a visit to Port Charlotte Beach, when her son Caleb began experiencing symptoms severe enough to bring him to the emergency room.

His family told a local news affiliate that he first developed a headache and fever. They contacted her pediatrician when her fever spiked to 105 degrees and she began experiencing neck pain that accompanies strep throat. The next day, Ziegelbauer started throwing up, making the hour-long drive to the hospital.

The boy is now being treated for brain swelling in the intensive care unit at Golisano Children’s Hospital. Facebook post From his aunt Katie Chet.

Doctors believe that Ziegelbauer’s contracture A brain-eating amoeba Called Naegleria fowleri while swimming on the beach. The amoeba has been known to gain access to the human brain by entering the nose, but most cases are officially diagnosed after the patient has died.

Only four people in the US are known to have survived infection with N. fowleri. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“A lot of times people don’t get to the hospital fast enough,” Chet said. “We’re hoping we did.”

Amoeba infection can be confused with meningitis.

According to the CDC, symptoms of primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) usually appear within a week of exposure to the amoeba.

Early symptoms of PAM A severe frontal headache, fever, and neck stiffness may all be signs. Bacterial meningitisa more common brain infection.

Evaluation of PAM involves testing. Fresh cerebrospinal fluid Looking at brain tissue collected during biopsy or autopsy for the presence of N. fowleri. Without a clear indication of PAM, doctors may assume the infection is meningitis.

Ziegelbauer’s blood tests and CSF cultures have been inconclusive, another aunt Wrote on Facebook. During more than two weeks in the hospital, the inflammation in her brain, especially around the nasal cavity, has worsened.

This is consistent with N. fowleri’s mode of infecting humans. To make a person sick, the amoeba must enter through the nose. N. fowleri cannot infect people who simply swallow or swim in contaminated waters.

The amoeba is known to thrive in warm freshwater, which may include A vast area with a warm climate.

Port Charlotte’s waters are fed by three freshwater streams that mix with the ocean waters of the Gulf of Mexico, creating a warm environment that can vary from freshwater to saltwater depending on the season. Lee County, Florida.

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