KARACHI: Provincial health authorities on Wednesday confirmed the first case of Naegleria fowleri, also known as ‘brain-eating amoeba’, of the current year and the subsequent death caused by it in the city.
The officials said a girl in her teens was the latest victim of the brain-eating amoeba, the primary cause of amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) in its victims.
The 18-year-old was admitted in a ‘critical’ condition to a private hospital last week and was put on the ventilator of an intensive care unit, where she died on Monday. The authorities confirmed the death on Wednesday.
The victim lived in an affluent neighbourhood of Gulistan-i-Jauhar, said the officials.
“The resident of Gulistan-i-Jauhar was identified as Areeba, who died of Naegleria after enduring the deadly disease for a day in a private hospital,” said a senior official while speaking to Dawn.
The officials said the deadly disease killed 14 people last year.
Published in Dawn, April 23rd, 2015