Naegleria Fowleri

The Brain Eating Amoeba

The Pathological Protist

Naegleria Fowleri is a single celled amoeba that is found in very warm, fresh water (temperatures higher than 115 degrees F). Drinking the water won't make you sick; the water must go up your nose! Once in the nose, it goes to your brain, causing Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM)
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Where Is It At?

This deadly amoeba is found in fresh waters that are very warm (115 degrees F or higher).

Don't be too worried though, over the past 10 years there have only been 35 reported cases in the US. (And only one of those was from a slip-n-slide!)

Health Effects

Unfortunately, almost all cases are fatal. The long term effects of PAM aren't known because death usually occurs within 5 days of infection. As more and more people are able to beat this amoeba, we will better understand if there are lasting effects of Naegieria Fowleri.