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Can we stop the spread of brain-eating amoebas?

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August 16, 2012 12:42PM
Back in December, authorities learned that Naegleria fowleri was living in Louisiana tapwater, infecting its victims' grey matter by way of neti pot. Now, the deaths of two children have triggered the closure of Lily Lake, a 36-acre pool in the city of Stillwater, Minnesota. But Lily Lake isn't the only body of water health officials are worried about; N. fowleri is more common than most people realize, and its appearance in Minnesota indicates that it may actually be spreading. io9 spoke with epidemiologist Jonathan Yoder, who tracks N. fowleri for the CDC's division of parasitic diseases, to find out what's being done to address the deadly infections.


Can we stop the spread of brain-eating amoebas?

Rick2363August 16, 2012 12:42PM

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