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Deadly brain eating amoeba resurfaces in Karachi - Naegleria fowleri1

A brain-eating amoeba has killed at least 10 people in Karachi over the past two months, a World Health Organization official said on Tuesday. 

Naegleria fowleri has a fatality rate of more than 98 percent. It is transmitted when contaminated water enters the body through the nose and cannot be passed person-to-person.

The 10 confirmed cases have all occurred in the southern port city of Karachi, said Dr Musa Khan, head of the WHO's Disease Early Warning System in Pakistanthree people over the last week.

It is unclear if all cases have been reported as residents may not be familiar with the disease and Pakistan's hospitals are severely overstretched.

The amoeba travels from the nasal membranes to the brain. Symptoms are initially very mild, including a headache, stiff neck, fever and stomach pain. Death usually occurs five to seven days after infection.

Authorities are planning a campaign to raise awareness among health workers and the public, Khan said. Most health centres had already been alerted, he said.

"People should avoid getting water too deep into their nostrils and make sure their water supply is properly treated," he said. "Those with symptoms should seek help immediately."

Victims commonly catch it through swimming in infected water, but Khan said most of those who died did not have a history of swimming. Dr Aslam Pervez, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation?s (KMC) district health officer, has been collecting data on people who were killed by the disease. He said that the only common factor in all cases was that the patients used to pray regularly. He conjectured that the organism may have entered the patients? bodies when they were performing ablution.

A four-year-old boy from Gulberg Town was taken to the Habib Medical Hospital on September 27 died of the disease on September 30. A 24-year-old man, who was being treated for the disease at the Liaquat National Hospital died on October 2. The last person to die of the disease was a 21-year-old resident of FB Area who was taken to Aga Khan Hospital. He was admitted on September 29 and passed away on October 3.

Plz spread awareness ..May Allah keep every body safe ..Ameen