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Israeli man dies after contracting very rare ‘brain-eating amoeba’

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An Israeli man has recently died after contracting a very rare “brain-eating amoeba,” the Health Ministry announced Friday.

The Ministry said it was investigating where the 36-year-old resident of northern Israel, who was otherwise healthy, could have come into contact with the organism.

The ministry said specialists had identified that the man was likely suffering from Primary Amoebic Meningoencephalitis, an infection of the brain caused by the Naegleria fowleri amoeba. But due to the rarity of the disease, the diagnosis was only confirmed after a sample was sent to the Center for Disease Control in the US.

The amoeba lives in soil and........

© The Times of Israel

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