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10-year-old girl who contracted a brain-eating amoeba while swimming has died

1 month ago   |   By WGN TV

A Texas girl has died after battling a brain-eating amoeba for more than a week, according to her family and school.
Lily Mae Avant, 10, swam in the Brazos River and Lake Whitney near Waco over Labor Day weekend, CNN affiliate KWTX reported. After being flown to Cook Children's Health Care System in Fort Worth on September 8, a spinal tap found she had contracted Naegleria fowleri, a single-cell living organism commonly found in warm freshwater, like lakes and rivers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Valley Mills Elementary School, where Lily was a fifth-grader...
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10-year-old Texas girl dies after contracting brain-eating amoeba, family says

1 month ago   |   By NBC News

Because of the rarity of the infection and difficulty in initial detection, about 75 percent of the diagnoses are made after the death of the patient, the CDC says.
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Young girl dies after contracting rare brain-eating amoeba

1 month ago   |   By NBC News

10-year-old Lily Avant is believed to have contracted the rare amoeba - typically found in warm freshwater - after swimming in a river.
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