Brain Eating Amoeba

Naegleria Fowleri


Body Systems: The parasite affects the nervous system, particularly the brain.

Transmission: The parasite is transmitted through water getting into the brain through the nose.


People Most at Risk: All age groups are affected equally.

People Exposed: Anybody exposed to to the contaminated water can get get infected. However it is not contagious.


Injury: Headache, fever, stiff neck, loss of appetite, vomiting, altered mental state, seizures, coma, hallucinations, blurred vision, and loss of taste

Damage: Loss of ability to perform normal brain function.


Where it Can Be Found: It is found in water, generally warm still water in late summer months.


Ways to Defend Yourself: Avoid warm, still water in late summer months. Don't stir up mud in these environments.

Prevention: Clean public water that has been decontaminated.

Treatments: There are a number of drugs used to kill the parasite but even when medicated, most people still die.