Neuroscience

Video: Immune system attacks brain-eating amoeba

Naegleria fowleri—commonly known as "the brain-eating amoeba"—can be found in warm fresh water. It's a single-celled, free swimming animal that reaches the brain through the nasal passageway by traveling up the olfactory ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Texan girl, 10, dies of rare brain-eating amoeba

A 10-year-old girl has died in the hospital, her family said in a statement on Monday, after she contracted a rare brain-eating amoeba while swimming in a Texas river.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Are amoebae safe harbors for plague?

Amoebae, single-celled organisms common in soil, water and grade-school science classrooms, may play a key role in the survival and spread of deadly plague bacteria.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Teen survives rare amoeba infection that kills most people

A South Florida boy has survived a rare brain-eating amoeba that kills most people, aided in part because a hard-to-get drug to fight the infection is made by a company in Orlando where he was hospitalized, doctors said Tuesday.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Swim in unsanitary freshwater site in Florida leads to infection

A swim in an unsanitary body of freshwater on private property in Broward County has resulted in a resident's hospitalization for a deadly infection caused by a brain-eating amoeba, health officials announced this week.

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Amoeba

Amoeba (sometimes amœba or ameba, plural amoebae) is a genus of Protozoa.

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