The brain-eating amoeba, Naegleria Fowleri has caused four deaths in Karachi.
Naegleria fowleri is a potentially deadly amoeba that lives in warm, fresh water that can cause a brain infection if it enters your nose.
Most people who have naegleria infection die within a week of showing symptoms.
The symptoms of naegleria infection generally begin within two to 15 days of exposure to the amoeba, fever,severe headache, nausea and vomiting, nasal congestion or discharge and changes in smell or taste.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that the following measures may reduce your risk of naegleria infection:
– Don’t swim in or jump into warm freshwater lakes and rivers.
– Hold your nose shut or use nose clips when jumping or diving into warm bodies of fresh water.
– Avoid disturbing the sediment while swimming in shallow, warm fresh waters.
It’s also a good idea to make sure you use sterilized or specially filtered water when rinsing your nose, as that is another way the ameba can enter the body.
Also, make your water tank clean once in a month, along with adding some amount of bleaching powder to kills the germs.