Polk County, Florida 10 Year Old Dies Infection – Dangers of Swimming in Lakes


The Associated Press and the Gainesville (Florida) Sun reported that a 10 year old from Polk County died from an disease / infection that he acquired from an Auburndale, Florida lake. The name of the infection is Primary Amoebic Meningoencephalitis. Symptoms from this disease / infection can include fever, nausea, headaches, stiffness in the neck, and some confusion. Other symptoms can also include loss of balance and body control as well as seizures, and hallucinations. Naegleria fowleri is the infection that leads to this most serious and deadly disease. Naegleria fowleri forms in warm, stagnant bodies of freshwater. It forms typically in summer months. Since this disease is deadly / lethal if left untreated, a prompt diagnosis and administration of intravenous medication is vital for a chance of recovery or cure from this disease.