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A 10-year-old Texas girl negotiates a brain amoeba while swimming



A 10-year-old girl swims in the Brazos River and Whitney Lake in Bosque County near Waco on Labor Day weekend, according to CNN affiliate KWTX-TV.
Then, on September 8, the girl "started having a headache and was quickly followed by a fever," according to a Facebook page created to support the girl. Her family thought it was a viral infection at first, but after visits to the family doctor and the girl who was having trouble sleeping, the family knew something was wrong.

"She was inconsistent, unresponsive and quickly swept away and taken to the EP," the family wrote on the girl's Facebook page.

The girl was then flown to cook for the Children's Health System in Fort Worth, where she has a spine. "For this to happen to her when there were so many other people in the same waters on the same days, we just don't understand why she was."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that amoeba is a single, cellular living organism that is commonly found in warm freshwater such as lakes and rivers. The amoeba enters the body through the nose, travels to the brain and destroys brain tissue, according to the CDC.

Between 2009 and 201

8, the CDC says that only 34 cases of Naegleria fowleri infection have been reported in the United States. Only four of the 145 known cases survived between 1962 and 2018.

Warren told KWTX that she hoped her niece "would be number five to survive."


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