Man Killed by Brain-Eating Amoeba

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Man Killed by Brain-Eating Amoeba

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Tanner Hoyal, Journalist

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A man was killed in New Jersey by a brain-eating amoeba. No, this isn’t science fiction. The single-celled animal called Naegleria Fowleri lives in warm water and therefore can usually be found in some of the Southern United States. However, this wasn’t the case with a New Jersey resident named Fabrizio Stabile. According to a GoFundMe page dedicated to the man, 29-year-old Fabrizio was mowing his lawn when he was hit with a headache on September 16th. He was admitted to a hospital where the amoeba Naegleria Fowleri was found within his head. Later that week he was proclaimed dead. Doctors were surprised by this particular incident because the amoeba had never been detected in a New Jersey resident before.

It turned out that the amoeba was in fact from Texas, a Southern state where Naegleria Fowleri is more common. Fabrizio had recently visited the state and had unknowingly brought the amoeba with him. Now, be assured that the chances of coming in contact with this amoeba are rare. In order for Naegleria Fowleri to be harmful to your brain, it must be pushed up a person’s nose with a surge of water. However, on the rare occasion that this amoeba does attach to your brain, things will get deadly. The amoeba will unleash cell-rupturing molecules with a kind of mouth called “food cups”. After this happens, chances of death will skyrocket. Within 15 days you will most likely be dead.

If that sounds alarming, don’t worry. Scientists and doctors have been looking into treatments and cures for incidents like these. Remember, cases like Fabrizio’s are very rare. However, it is always better to stay on the side of caution. Sometimes seemingly out-of-this-world concepts and stories are more nonfiction than you’d expect.

 

Bibliography:

Click Here to Support The Fabrizio Stabile Foundation Organized by Stephanie Papastephanou.Gofundme.com.

Gonzalez, Robbie. “A Brain-Eating Amoeba Just Claimed Another Victim.Wired, Conde Nast, 2 Oct. 2018.

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