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Naegleria fowleri and amoeba awareness: Personal stories and the great work from ‘Kyle Cares’ and ‘Swim Above Water’

With the summer of 2013 quickly coming to a close, the news revolving around the “brain-eating amoeba”, Naegleria fowleri, has seen everything from the 3rd known survivor of this lethal parasite in Arkansas’ miracle child, Kali Hardig, to the publicized use of  the investigational drug called miltefosine to the case in Louisiana where a child reportedly contracted the amoeba while playing on a “slip-and-slide”.

Naegleria fowleri Life Cycle Image/DPDx-CDC

Naegleria fowleri Life Cycle
Image/DPDx-CDC

Related story: Louisiana: CDC confirms Naegleria in St. Bernard Parish water system, advisory issued

On the Saturday, Sept. 14 airing of Dispatch Radio, I had the real honor and pleasure to speak to two parents who lived the personal tragedy that is parasitic meningitis and now dedicate so much of their time and energy to bringing awareness to others about Naegleria fowleri (Listen below).

Joining me was Jeremy Lewis, father of Kyle Lewis and co-founder of the Kyle Gracin Lewis Amoeba Awareness Foundation and Heidi LaMeyer, mother of Hailee LaMeyer, and Education and Advocacy Coordinator for the amoeba awareness group, Swim Above Water.

They both shared their personal stories and the fantastic work their organizations are doing to bring awareness to public of the very deadly and very preventable “brain-eating amoeba”.

LISTEN: CDC expert, Dr. Jennifer Cope talks parasitic meningitis and Naegleria fowleri

For more information:

Kyle Cares Amoeba Awareness webpage

Kyle Gracin Lewis – Amoeba Awareness Facebook page

Swim Above Water webpage

Swim Above Water Facebook page

CDC: Naegleria fowleri and Public Drinking Water Systems

 

 

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