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Amoebic Meningitis

What is it?
It is an inflammation of the brain caused by a tiny single-celled organism (amoeba) that lives in fresh water. It can exist in soil as a cyst, but needs to be put in fresh water to become active again.

How do you get it?
You can get amoebic meningitis only if water containing amoebae is forced up the nose. The amoebae can make their way up the nerves to the brain.

Where do you get it?
From warm, still water: un-chlorinated or incorrectly chlorinated water; dams; waterholes, but not from sea water. Amoebae thrive in water temperatures above 26 degrees Celsius.

When do you get it?
It's a rare disease, but there is a chance you could get amoebic meningitis when a number of "ifs" happen at the one time.

What you can do to prevent it.

Young children are not aware of the dangers of playing and swimming in "doubtful" water and should be protected by those who do know.

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