Swimmer dies after being attacked by rare brain-eating amoeba

A man has died after being attacked by a rare brain-eating amoeba while swimming.

The man, named by his lawyer as Eddie Gray, was infected while swimming at a water park in the US state of North Carolina earlier this month.

The lawyer said on behalf of Mr Gray’s family that his death had been “tragic and untimely”.

  • Original Article: Sky News
  • Date: July 2019

Mr Gray had visited the park as part of a church mission group and Rev Justin Lowe, senior pastor at Sedge Garden United Methodist Church, told the Charlotte Observer: “Our church family is deeply saddened by this loss and our prayers are with the family in this time of grief.”

The naegleria fowleri, a single-celled organism known as a brain-eating amoeba, is found in warm freshwater during the summer, health officials said.

It is harmless if swallowed but, if it enters the body through the nose, it travels to the brain and causes primary amoebic meningoencephalitis, which is usually fatal.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the amoeba can cause severe illness up to nine days after exposure.