Florida teen is only 4th person in last 50 years to survive brain-eating amoeba

Florida teen is only 4th person in last 50 years to survive brain-eating amoeba
Amoeba Naegleria fowleri trophozoites. (Image: CDC via Forbes)

[Ed. – Youth and health probably had something to do with this.  But at least it seems that a drug regimen made a positive difference.  Seems like there’s more scary stuff out there every year.  Maybe we just have more of it identified and classified now.]

The Broward teen who beat the odds against a brain-eating amoeba has been identified as 16-year-old Sebastian DeLeon. …

He was vacationing in Orlando at a theme park with his family when he developed a severe and very painful headache. The headache was so intense, doctors said, he couldn’t tolerate people touching him.

He was admitted to the hospital on August 7th with symptoms of meningitis but was quickly tested for the amoeba Naegleria fowleri and he tested positive. Infection by the amoeba Naegleria fowleri is rare but it kills about 97 percent of the patients. DeLeon is now one of just four people in the last 50 years to survive this type of infection.

Dr. Humberto Liriano, Critical Care Intensivist Physician told his family after first being admitted, the diagnosis was fatal. …

But he did survive, with help from a drug produced by an Orlando Company, Profunda, which provided the drug to the hospital within 12 minutes after his positive diagnosis.

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