Brain-Eating Amoeba

Thiruvananthapuram: Addressing the press today, Health Minister Veena George provided an update on the unfortunate passing of a young boy from Alappuzha, who succumbed to a rare brain infection. The 15-year-old, hailing from Panavally, lost his life while undergoing treatment for primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM).Brain-Eating Amoeba.

This is the fifth reported case of PAM in Kerala, with previous instances occurring in Alappuzha (2016), Malappuram (2019 and 2020), Kozhikode (2020), and Thrissur (2022). Tragically, all five individuals who contracted this disease have passed away. Minister Veena emphasized the high fatality rate associated with this illness during the media briefing. Brain-Eating Amoeba.

The Brain-Eating Amoeba responsible for causing this disease is commonly found in stagnant water bodies and has a minimal infection rate of approximately 1 in 10,000 individuals. Once inside the body, the amoeba travels through the nasal passage to the brain, resulting in severe health complications.

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