Infected swimmer in ICU

A Missouri swimmer is in ICU after apparently being infected by a rare and fatal parasite in an Iowa lake. The lake has been shut down the search of the source of the brain-eating infection.


State News

July 11, 2022 - 3:15 PM

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BEDFORD, Iowa (AP) — A Missouri resident is hospitalized in intensive care after being infected with a rare brain-eating amoeba that likely happened after swimming in a southeastern Iowa lake, health officials said Friday.

The Iowa Department of Health and Human Services has shut down the beach at Lake of Three Fires State Park in Taylor County after the person was diagnosed with primary amebic meningoencephalitis, a rare and usually fatal infection caused by the naegleria fowleri ameba.

Iowa state health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are testing to confirm the presence of the infection in the lake.

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