THIS parasite is to blame!

Illustrative image for the article CRUEL death!  Child dies after bathing in river: THIS parasite is to blame!

In the US state of Nebraska, a child infected with a parasite called the lacrimal gland, which causes fatal inflammation of the brain, died.

In the US state of Nebraska, a child infected with a parasite called the lacrimal gland, which causes fatal inflammation of the brain, died.

Illustrative image for the article CRUEL death!  Child dies after bathing in river: THIS parasite is to blame!

It happened after swimming in the Elkhorn River there. Douglas County authorities made the announcement Friday night. The television informs about it Sky News.

What has happened?

The child bathed in the river on August 8, the first symptoms of the disease appeared approximately five days later. Doctors believe that the cause of death was primary amoebic meningoencephalitis – a fatal disease caused by the single-celled organism, the lacrimal gland.

The Public Health Service announced that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is also investigating the child’s death. If the parasite infection is indeed confirmed, it would be the first teardrop victim in Nebraska history.

What kind of parasite is this?

The lacrimal gland is commonly found in soil and warm waters such as rivers, lakes and hot springs. It can enter the human body by inhaling water, but not by swallowing it.

The CDC said that lacrimal infection is very rare, but if it occurs, it is usually fatal. There were 154 cases of primary amoebic meningoencephalitis in the US between 1962 and 2021, and only four people survived it.

However, this is the second death from this infection this year. In July, a Missouri resident died after contracting lacrimation while swimming in Iowa’s Lake of Three Fires.

Therefore, experts advised people to use nose clips when swimming in natural warmer water.


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