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What are the symptoms of a brain-eating amoeba infection?

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At first, primary amoebic meningoencephalitis may seem like viral meningitis. Symptoms include:

You may also have hallucinations, a drooping eyelid, blurred vision, and lose your sense of taste.

  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Stiff neck
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Altered mental state
  • Seizures
  • Coma

From: Brain-Eating Amoeba WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Jonathan S. Yoder, MPH, epidemiologist, division of parasitic diseases, CDC, Atlanta.

Yoder, J.S. , 2010. Epidemiology and Infection

Seidel, J.S. , Feb. 11, 1982. New England Journal of Medicine

Jain, R. , 2002. Neurology India

Baron, S., editor, , 4th edition, Chapter 81, "Free Living Amebas." Medical Microbiology

Blair, B. , September 2008. Emerging Infectious Diseases

De Jonckheere, J.F. , published online, Aug. 6, 2011. ScienceDirect

Santos Neto, J.G. , 1970. American Journal of Clinical Pathology

Teixeira, L.H. , 2009. Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, May 30, 2008.

CDC web site.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 28, 2018

SOURCES:

Jonathan S. Yoder, MPH, epidemiologist, division of parasitic diseases, CDC, Atlanta.

Yoder, J.S. , 2010. Epidemiology and Infection

Seidel, J.S. , Feb. 11, 1982. New England Journal of Medicine

Jain, R. , 2002. Neurology India

Baron, S., editor, , 4th edition, Chapter 81, "Free Living Amebas." Medical Microbiology

Blair, B. , September 2008. Emerging Infectious Diseases

De Jonckheere, J.F. , published online, Aug. 6, 2011. ScienceDirect

Santos Neto, J.G. , 1970. American Journal of Clinical Pathology

Teixeira, L.H. , 2009. Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, May 30, 2008.

CDC web site.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 28, 2018

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