What's the uproar about brain-eating amoeba? Should you be alarmed?

EdexLive Desk

What is this amoeba?

The scientific name of the micro-organism is Naegleria fowleri

It is unicellular

Where is the amoeba found?

It is generally present in warm freshwater bodies and soil

It is common in stagnant waters

How does it infect?

If inhaled, the amoeba enters the olfactory nerves and eats the neurons

Brain is a chance food for it

Can the infection be cured?

No direct treatment for the infection is available currently

Diagnosis is also difficult