UNFAMILIARITY OF PRIMARY AMOEBIC MENINGOENCEPHALITIS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
Reginald Eke 1 * , Lawrence N. Chigbu 2, E. Enwereji 3
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1 Abia State University, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Department of Primary Health Care, Aba, Nigeria
2 Abia State University, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Department of Microbiology and Immuniology, Aba, Nigeria
3 Abia State University, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Department of Community Medicine, Aba, Nigeria
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Abstract

We report a case of primary amoebic meningoencephalitis in Nigeria in a 7-year old boy from a rural area. The clinical course was classically that of meningoencephalitis and laboratory diagnosis was from the cerebrospinal fluid and pond water specimen which showed free-living structures of amoeba of Naegleria species. Methods available could not differentiate the Naegleria species. Investigation revealed that the boy played and swam in a village pond for many years before his death and the pond was infested with free living amoebae. Despite the world-wide nature of the disease, the reporting of the cases had been very rare. The apparent rarity of the reporting world-wide and in particular in developing countries result in ignorance of people of the disease.

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https://doi.org/10.29333/ejgm/82408

EUR J GEN MED, 2006 - Volume 3 Issue 4, pp. 190-192

Publication date: 15 Oct 2006

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