By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Just a week after the death of Tehama County, California boy, 7-year-old David Pruitt due to primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) caused the serious amoeba infection, Naegleria fowleri, it appears a second case may have occurred in North Carolina.

North Carolina map/ National Atlas of the United States

It came to the attention of Outbreak News Today that a 6-year-old boy from the Raleigh area may have died from the same infection.

According to a Facebook post from the child’s mother, he was admitted to the Pediatric intensive care unit at UNC since last Sunday.

On Wednesday she wrote: A spinal tap revealed he has an extremely rare disease in which infections are almost always fatal. The infection will cause swelling on his brain. Today we made the difficult choice to have him intubated and a drain put in on his brain to drain the fluid that will soon start to build up. He is the sickest kid in the hospital.

Unfortunately, the child died of the rare form of meningitis on Friday.