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How the climate crisis is fueling the spread of a brain-eating amoeba

By Katharine Gammon

21 Sep 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Climate change is encouraging amoeba to emerge in parts of the world where it isn't typically found. Find out about this life threatening microorganism in this article from The Guardian.

The death of a child in Nebraska this summer put the rare but deadly Naegleria fowleri – more commonly known as brain-eating amoeba – back in the headlines. The amoeba lives in warm, fresh water and can enter the body through the nose, where it travels to the brain and starts to destroy tissue.

The case underscored a troubling new reality – climate change is encouraging the amoeba to pop up in parts of the US where it isn’t typical, such as the north and west.

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