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47661Brain-eating amoeba present, rare threat in Kansas lakes

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  • Teresa Binstock
    Jun 15, 2014

      Brain-eating amoeba present, rare threat in Kansas lakes

      By Aly Van Dyke

      A brain-eating amoeba is more than likely alive and well in Kansas’s bodies of warm, fresh water.

      One good snort of lake water containing the single-celled organism, Naegleria fowleri, is enough to kill nearly all who catch it. However, the likelihood of contracting the resulting infection is so minimal, the state health department relies more on education than testing.

      In fact, only one case of the infection caused by the amoeba has been recorded in the state’s history — in August 2011 from a lake in Sedgwick County, resulting in the death of an adolescent boy....