2nd Child Battling 'Brain-Eating' Amoeba
Zachary Reyna was likely infected while kneeboarding with friends
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2013 10:47 AM CDT
   (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

(Newser) – A second 12-year-old is now battling a brain-eating parasite in the Southeast. NBC2 reports that Zachary Reyna was likely infected by Naegleria fowleri, a microscopic amoeba that gets to the brain through the nose, while kneeboarding with friends in a ditch in LaBelle, Florida, on Aug. 3. The amoeba lurks in still, warm water and can cause the very rare brain infection primary amebic meningoencephalitis, which the News-Press reports only one person has survived since 1962. Two boys who were with Zachary are apparently fine.

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Ivan_the_Gypsy
Aug 16, 2013 7:05 AM CDT
There are warning constantly on Florida radio and TV warning not to swim in lakes or canals because of the aneoba, but like all other warnings they are never heard or seen on video games, electronic noise channels, and like smoking people continue to die out of ignorance.
Yousuck2
Aug 13, 2013 7:54 PM CDT
The bacteria is not airbourne, it is in the water and they're snorting the water through their noses and it's going straight to the brain. We had a 20-something in our city die of it about 20 years ago. He got into a fight over a girl and the other boy only knocked him into the ditch. He was dead 3 days later. Never play in the ditches in Florida.
Who_Cares
Aug 13, 2013 3:43 PM CDT
I would like to know how this bacteria get in the air, since it's so rare right now. What is going to happen when we get more of it and more people get sick. I am concern about that, as I feel for those sick kids. I hope that miracle will happen and they will recover.