Rare brain-eating amoeba kills nine-year-old girl

July 14, 2014 3:23 AM

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Swimming in a lake or warm body of water is a common summertime activity, but for Hally Yust, a nine-year-old girl from Kansas, her passion for swimming and water skiing turned deadly when she developed primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) due to Naegleria fowleri, an extremely rare brain-eating amoeba, WDAF-TV reports.

KDHE says that this is the second known case of PAM caused by Naegleria fowleri in the Sunflower State. The first case took place in 2011.

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