- Younger physician turns into 2021’s fourth Naegleria sufferer in Karachi
- Mind-eating amoeba kills younger neurosurgeon, who was on a ventilator for the final a number of days
- Naegleria fowleri is present in freshwater.
KARACHI: Mind-eating amoeba Naegleria fowleri claimed its fourth sufferer of 2021 in Karachi on Monday, well being officers mentioned.
The sufferer was a younger neurosurgeon who died on account of main amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) on the PNS Shifa Hospital. He was 30 years outdated.
“Dr Majid Ismail Chandio, a resident of DHA Karachi and a neurosurgeon by profession, had contracted a Naegleria fowleri infection on June 30. He was on ventilator for the past several days and died today at the PNS Shifa Hospital,” Shakeel Ahmed, technical officer public well being, was quoted as saying by The News.
On Friday, an eight-year-old boy from District Central had died on account of PAM brought on by Naegleria throughout therapy on the Liaquat Nationwide Hospital.
Naegleria fowleri, which is present in freshwater, has claimed 4 lives up to now this yr in Karachi.
A 30-year-old resident of the Abul Hasan Ispahani Highway space and a 40-year-old resident of the Quaidabad neighbourhood had died after being contaminated by Naegleria in June and mid-Could respectively.
What’s Naegleria and what can we do?
Medical doctors and well being consultants say Naegleria often enters the mind and assaults the nervous system when contaminated water is ingested via the nasal cavity whereas bathing, swimming or performing ablution.
The lethal amoeba survives on micro organism in heat waters and might solely be decimated via correct chlorination or boiling of water.
Well being consultants advise individuals to get their underground and overhead water tanks cleaned earlier than summer time begins yearly and use chlorine tablets to routinely purify the water.