Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis Caused by Naegleria fowleri, Karachi, Pakistan
Published Date:Feb 2011
Source:Emerg Infect Dis. 17(2):258-261.
Central Nervous System Protozoal Infections
Communicable Diseases, Emerging
Polymerase Chain Reaction
Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis
Description:We report 13 cases of Naegleria fowleri primary amebic meningoencephalitis in persons in Karachi, Pakistan, who had no history of aquatic activities. Infection likely occurred through ablution with tap water. An increase in primary amebic meningoencephalitis cases may be attributed to rising temperatures, reduced levels of chlorine in potable water, or deteriorating water distribution systems.
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