A Kansas resident died last week from what was likely a rare infection by a brain-eating amoeba, after swimming in a lake in August, according to state health officials. It is the fourth death this summer linked to the parasite, which is found in stagnant warm water. The person likely picked up the infection while swimming in Winfield City Lake in Cowley County, ABC affiliate KAKE-TV in Wichita reported.. The Sedgwick County resident entered the hospital on Aug. 19 with headaches and developed breathing problems, and died five days later, according to the Kansas City Star reported.
Very, very sad. And also a very good warning against swimming in stagnant water.
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- The Brain-Eating Amoeba and Other Weird Diseases (savings.com)