Rural GPs need to know about this deadly amoeba

INFECTIOUS diseases specialists are calling for greater awareness of the danger of primary amoebic meningoecephalitis (PAM), particularly in regions where bore water is used.

Although infection with the causative agent, Naegleria fowleri, is rare, the consequences are devastating.

Professor Cheryl Jones, president of the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID) says rural families need to know of the dangers of swimming in warm fresh water and of children playing with hoses with bore water which gets warmed by long surface pipelines.

Her comments follow

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