Broward County

Broward swimmer contracts brain-eating amoeba; health officials investigating

Naegleria Fowleri, the brain-eating amoeba, seen under a microscope.
Naegleria Fowleri, the brain-eating amoeba, seen under a microscope.

A person in Broward County is in a hospital receiving treatment after contracting a potentially deadly infection caused by a brain-eating amoeba, according to the Florida Department of Health.

Officials confirmed that there was a local case of naegleria fowleri, a microscopic, single-cell amoeba commonly found in freshwater lakes, ponds and rivers. While the health department would not specify where the person came in contact with the amoeba, it did say that the person swam in unsanitary water on private property.

Just this week, 11-year-old Hannah Collins died in South Carolina after being infected with the brain-eating amoeba in a river.

Carli Teproff: 305-376-3587, @CTeproff

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