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Naegleria claims another life in Karachi

Naegleria claims another life in Karachi

Naegleria claims another life in Karachi

Naegleria claims another life in Karachi

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  • 38-year-old victim was resident of Gulshan-e-Maymar.
  • 12 people have died from Naegleria in Sindh so far.
  • Medical experts said household tanks should be cleaned.
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KARACHI: Another person died in Karachi from brain-eating amoeba Naegleria fowleri in a private hospital in Karachi.

According to the spokesperson of the Sindh Health Department, the 38-year-old victim was a resident of Gulshan-e-Maymar who died last night.

A spokesperson said that the victim had a fever, headache, and vomiting since November 7 and he stayed at home till November 8 and took medicine.

The spokesperson said that the patient was brought to the emergency department of a private hospital on November 9 due to deterioration of his condition.

According to the spokesman, 12 people have died in Sindh so far from Naegleria, out of which 11 people belonged to Karachi.

The spokesperson said that to prevent Naegleria, be careful in putting water in the nose and use chlorine in water according to the guidelines of medical experts and WHO.

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Naegleria is a freshwater bacterium that infects the brain membrane through the nose and eats away at the human brain, causing death.

Naegleria does not reach the brain through the mouth, nor can this bacterium survive in salt water, according to medical experts, 50% chlorine in water is necessary to prevent Naegleria.

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Medical experts also said that household tanks should be cleaned at least twice a year, chlorine tablets should be used, and water should be boiled at 100 degrees Celsius for drinking and ablution to kill Naegleria.

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