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‘Brain-eating amoeba’ Naegleria fowleri confirmed in southern Iowa beach


Des Moines Register: Officials from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services confirmed Wednesday the presence of Naegleria fowleri in Lake of Three Fires in Taylor county. Iowa officials closed the Lake of Three Fires State Park near Taylor County as a precaution July 7. The study, conducted in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, confirmed health officials’ suspicions that a Missouri resident who died of the infection earlier this month contracted the illness while swimming in the lake. The patient, who Missouri health officials declined to identify, was being treated for the infection in an intensive care unit before dying. Now that testing of Lake of Three Fires has been completed, the beach will reopen on Thursday, July 28, with signs indicating the presence of Naegleria fowleri and the risk of PAM, according to the release. No further testing is planned at this time, officials said in the release.

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