On this week’s Outbreak News This Week Radio Show, I had the opportunity to spend the whole hour discussing the three most commonly diagnosed free-living amoeba species that infect humans:  Naegleria fowleriAcanthamoeba species, and Balamuthia mandrillaris, with someone with expertise in infectious diseases and the unique perspective of a parent that lost a child to one of these lethal parasites.

Joining me on the show to take a closer look at these uncommon, accidental, yet high consequence pathogens and to share her personal story is Sandra Gompf, MD. Dr Gompf is an Associate Professor of Infectious Disease and International Medicine at USF Health in Tampa.


Show notes:


Amoeba-Season Facebook page

Lethal encounters: The evolving spectrum of amoebic meningoencephalitis

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The Outbreak News This Week Radio Show, the first and only radio program dedicated to infectious disease and health news and information, airs every Sunday at 1 pm ET in the Tampa Bay area on AM 1380 The Biz and online at http://1380thebiz.com/

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Balamuthia mandrillaris: Koral Reef’s story

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