WHO: 'Brain-eating amoeba' kills 10 in Pakistan (VIDEO)Submitted by emalvini on Tue, 10/09/2012 - 09:22
WHO: 'Brain-eating amoeba' kills 10 in Pakistan (VIDEO)
By MUNIR AHMED
Oct 9, 6:44 AM EDT
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A waterborne parasite commonly known as "brain-eating amoeba" has killed 10 people in Pakistan's largest city, a Pakistani official with the World Health Organization said Tuesday.
The amoeba - Naegleria fowleri - lives in warm, unclean water. It can infect the human nervous system, though this occurs rarely. In those cases it is difficult to treat and can lead to death in about a week