THESE 6 SYMPTOMS COULD MEAN YOU ARE INFECTED WITH THE BRAIN-EATING AMOEBA
With the way things are going these days, I’m not sure what is left in the normal scheme of things that we shouldn’t be terrified about. And while this isn’t the latest of those many, many things, it isn’t going away. In fact, it appears to a random cut from the fates that no one is immune to. I’m talking about the brain-eating amoeba that can easily kill anyone. And the only exposure you need to maybe get it is to have been in fresh water. So yes, a quick dip in a pond or river could be the death of you. While statistically it’s not likely at all, you may want to know of these 6 symptoms that could indicate you have it.
IN THE U.S., NAEGLERIA FOWERI, OR THE BRAIN-EATING AMOEBA, HAS A 97.5% KILL RATE
But speaking of statistics, how about these? In the United States, 157 people are on the record as having been infected with Naegleria foweri, or the brain-eating amoeba, since 1962. Of those 157, only 4 have survived the infection. That means that so far in the US, this infection kills 97.5% of the time. That’s a death sentence. And you can get this infection if any water goes up your nose, and the bug migrates along your olfactory nerve to your brain. All it takes is freshwater exposure with the amoeba up your nose and that could be the end.
MOST OF THE BRAIN-EATING AMOEBA SYMPTOMS ARE DISTURBINGLY COMMON FOR EVERYONE
So what are the 6 symptoms that could warn you that you could soon die (especially without treatment) from the brain-eating amoeba? A severe headache in one spot in your head that painkillers don’t help. Next is confusion or irritability. Then there’s muscle weakness, slurred speech or paralysis on one side of your body. And then there’s the fever. because of course. And let’s not forget the last two, which are seizures and nausea. I other words, most of these symptoms are totally commonplace, and could be the flu, Covid or even a bad hangover.
And here I thought I was finally going to knock out one item this summer on my bucket list: water skiing. Looks like that will have to happen in the ocean, somewhere.