As many as 11 people - 10 male and one female - have, so far, died from brain-eating Naegleria fowleri
in Karachi in the first seven months of 2019.
The latest of these victims of Naegleria fowleri
was a 27-year-old Zulfiqar Ali, resident of District East Karachi.
causes this acute, rapidly progressive and most often fatal disease."A The amoeba travels to the brain and destroys tissue.
"Personal actions to reduce the risk of Naegleria fowleri
infection should focus on limiting the amount of water going up the nose and lowering the chances that Naegleria fowleri
may be in the water," the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/naegleria/general.html) advised .
He was the third victim of Naegleria fowleri
in Sindh this year.
The infection caused due to brain eating amoeba called "Naegleria Fowleri
" that reaches brain via nose is commonly found in fresh water lakes, rivers and springs.
Through this letter, NIH also informed about national and international public health events like Typhoid Fever (Extensively Drug Resistance strain) and Naegleria fowleri
as national while Ebola Virus Disease, and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS CoV) considered as International events during spring season.
According to a recent news report, Naegleria fowleri
, the 'brain-eating' amoeba, has been detected in nearly all samples collected from drinking water being supplied to Karachi.
is a waterborne disease and it is known to be the brain eating amoeba which is commonly found in the warm freshwater such as ponds, tanks, lakes and swimming pools.
"There have been no reports of other illnesses, and Naegleria fowleri
infection does not spread from person to person," Brittany Behm, spokeswoman at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, wrote in an email.
The two deaths were in persons affected by a single outbreak (two cases) caused by Naegleria fowleri
. Public parks (50 [36%]) and beaches (45 [32%]) were the leading settings associated with the 140 outbreaks.
Endise verici olabilen diger protozoonlar ise Acanthamoeba, Balamuthia mandrillaris, Naegleria fowleri
ve bazi Mikrosporidia (Encephalitozoon cuniculi) turleridir.