By Jillian MacMath, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
August 16, 2013
A second life-threatening case of a brain-eating amoeba has been reported; this time, it’s 12-year-old Zachary Reyna in Florida.
The rare amoeba, named Naegleria fowleri, is almost always deadly and can be found in warm fresh water, such as lakes and rivers.
Reyna was reportedly knee boarding in a water-filled ditch the day before the infection was confirmed.
“When we go back and look at where exposure may have occurred, we see the infections occur where water levels are low or where there are drought conditions or after a heat wave,” Dr. Jennifer Cope, medical epidemiologist at the Center for Disease Control (CDC), told AccuWeather.com.