It's been all over the news lately, this brain-eating amoeba (Naegleria fowleri) that has claimed the lives of 2 adults and 1 child. Apparently, this deadly amoeba thrives in warm, stagnant water found in freshwater lakes, ponds and rivers
. The parasite enters through the nose and travels up to the brain where it eventually devours your brain. Symptoms include fever, stiff neck and nausea and headache along with meningitis. The public is being warned to avoid swimming in shallow warm water where these amoeba live. I don't know about you, but I've never been on to dive into stagnant water. I always feel like something creepy is going to jump out at me.
But then again, one of the deaths did result from drinking contaminated tap water. *shudders*
This got me thinking about what other weird diseases there are that we don't know about. I present to you the top four.
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