A 21-year-old woman has died in Reno, Nevada on June 20th as a result of a brain-eating bacteria. She is believed to have been infected with an amoeba called Naegleria fowleri while swimming in warm water in central California.
For now, there is no threat to the public as the woman contracted the amoeba on private property.
Naegleria fowleri, mostly known as the brain-eating amoeba, thrives in warm bodies of fresh water like ponds, lakes, rivers and hot springs. It also lives in poorly chlorinated or unchlorinated swimming pools in a temporary flagellate state. The amoeba works by attacking the nervous system and brain, almost always resulting in death.