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Naegleria fowleri karachi pakistan 9 10 2012

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The waterborne parasite travels up the nostrils and into the brain, where it destroys tissue.
Twelve-year-old Zachary Reyna, a Florida native, died after a weeks-long battle with a 'brain-eating' amoeba, contracted from fresh water.
Naegleria fowleri karachi pakistan 9 10 2012

Most cases of infection are caused by swimming in contaminated water, which can allow the brain-eating amoeba to enter the nostrils. Here, children play in a swimming pool in Karachi in June 2006.

Rizwan TABASSUM