Prevalence of Naegleria fowleri in Pakistan – Biological Times

Prevalence of Naegleria fowleri in Pakistan

Publication Date : 30/08/2023


Author(s) :

Abdul Raheem, Muhammad Zaid Khalil, Warda Qamar.


Volume/Issue :
Volume 2
,
Issue 8
(08 - 2023)



Abstract :

Naegleria fowleri is a free-living parasite known as a “brain-eating amoeba.” It causes “primary amoebic meningoencephalitis” (PAM). It has low morbidity but high mortality. It is an increasing threat to Pakistan, as several cases are reported in different regions this year. Three people died within a week in May in Karachi in 2023. It is difficult to diagnose as it causes the death of a patient within days after initial exposure. Improperly chlorinated pools and poor water supply are its main dissemination sources. A combination of drugs that limit amoebic growth is used to treat PAM.


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