The Centers for Sickness Control and Prevention (CDC) has established that the brain disease caused by Naegleria fowleri, often known as the “brain-eating amoeba,” is not transmissible to humans.
The declaration was made after the Korea Herald reported on Monday that a South Korean man in his fifties passed away on December 21, three days after returning from a four-month trip to Thailand, due to a brain disorder.
According to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), the man’s genetic testing for three types of viruses causing Naegleria fowleri was 99.6 percent identical to that of a patient with meningitis who was reported abroad. The patient was the first in the nation to be diagnosed with the disease.
Tares Krassanairawutong, the director-general of DDC, asserts that the disease cannot be spread from person to person or through potable water. The condition may cause patients to acquire severe headaches, fever, vomiting, and a stiff neck. Additionally, the condition may progress to a lethal stage.
Dr. Tares advised folks to avoid swimming in contaminated water to prevent the amoeba from entering the body. In addition, he recommended that patients utilize sterilized water or saline water for nasal cleansing.
The DDC noted that the sickness is uncommon in Thailand, citing the fact that only 17 persons were diagnosed with the condition in Thailand between 1983 and 2022.
Since 2018, the Korea Herald reports that a total of 381 cases of Naegleria fowleri have been reported worldwide, including in India, Thailand, the United States, China, and Japan.