Naegleria claims another young life in Karachi
Muzammil Ali, 28-year-old young boy, fell victim to the brain-eating amoeba Naegleria fowleri in Karachi, according to the Sindh government’s health department.
The recent death brought the overall toll caused by Naegleria to five in Karachi in 2022.
A 28-year-old resident of Defense Housing Authority (DHA) Phase-4 had taken a bath in the swimming pool a few days ago.
After taking a bath in the swimming pool, Muzammil Ali developed severe fever and was brought to Jinnah Hospital in a semi-conscious state.
What is Naegleria?
Naegleria is a free-living ameba (a single-celled living organism). It is so small that it can only be seen with a microscope. It is commonly found in warm fresh water (such as lakes, rivers, swimming polls and hot springs) and soil. Only one species of Naegleria infects people: Naegleria fowleri.
Naegleria fowleri infects people when water containing the ameba enters the body through the nose. This typically happens when people go swimming, diving, or when they put their heads under fresh water, like in lakes and rivers.