A deadly parasite moving north

December 4, 2013 10:39 PM

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A deadly parasite moving north

Bridget Bahneman lost her daughter to an illness that wasn't supposed to exist as far north as Minnesota. Seven-year-old Annie's brain was destroyed by an amoeba called Naegleria fowleri that she was exposed to while swimming in a lake near their house.

The "brain-eating amoeba" lives in fresh water and proliferates when temperatures reach the 80s. It infects people by entering the nose and reaching the brain.

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