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In a follow-up on a report of the first case of Naegleria fowleri in Lahore, Pakistan recently, reports from Pakistan media now say the man died.

Naegleria (cropped)/CDC

The report states about the 30-year-old man: the patient, suspected to be suffering from Naegleria, expired despite hectic efforts to save patient’s life through provision of best possible medical treatment.

Primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) is a disease of the central nervous system. PAM is caused by Naegleria fowleri, a free-living ameba.

It is a rare disease that is almost always fatal.

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People become infected when water containing Naegleria fowleri enters the nose and the ameba migrates to the brain along the olfactory nerve. People do not become infected from drinking contaminated water. Symptoms start 1 to 12 days (median 5 days) after swimming or having another nasal exposure to water containing Naegleria. People die 1 to 18 days (median 5 days) after symptoms begin. PAM is difficult to detect because the disease progresses rapidly so that diagnosis sometimes occurs after the patient dies.


Overall, the outlook for people who get this disease is poor, although early diagnosis and new treatments might increase the chances for survival.

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