[MARINE_BIOLOGY_INTERNATIONAL] AMEBIC MENINGOENCEPHALITIS, PRIMARY - VIET NAM: (PHU YEN)

 

AMEBIC MENINGOENCEPHALITIS, PRIMARY - VIET NAM: (PHU YEN)
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Date: 30 Aug 2012
Source: Thanh Nien News
<http://www.thanhniennews.com/index/pages/20120830-brain-eating-amoeba-starts-killing-in-vietnam.aspx>

Primary Amebic Encephalitis observed in Vietnam
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_Naegleria fowleri_ is a free-living excavate form of protist
typically found in warm bodies of fresh water, such as ponds, lakes,
rivers, and hot springs.]

A man who died at a Ho Chi Minh City hospital last month [August 2012]
was a victim of what is probably Vietnam's 1st-ever recorded case of
the brain-eating amoeba Naegleria fowleri.

The Hospital of Tropical Diseases said Wednesday [29 Aug 2012] a [25
year old] male patient [from] Phu Yen Province died from primary
amoebic meningoencephalitis, a rare and usually deadly disease of the
central nervous system caused by the amoeba.

According to his family, [the patient] and his friends swam in a lake
to catch oyster in a rural village near his hometown in mid-July
[2012].

[He] then developed fever and headache and was admitted to Gia Dinh
People's Hospital in HCMC. He was diagnosed with meningitis and
transferred to the Hospital of Tropical Diseases on [30 Jul 2012].

Tests there showed the patient was infected with _Naegleria fowleri_.
His condition got worse with unconsciousness, high fever and
respiratory failure. He died the following day [31 Jul 2012].

According to doctors, the amoeba may have penetrated into the nasal
mucous membrane of the patient before entering his brain.

This is the 1st case of primary amoebic meningoencephalitis that the
hospital has ever encountered, according to Dr Nguyen Van Vinh Chau,
the hospital's director. "It may be the 1st case in the country as
well" he said.

No previous reports media reports have mentioned the amoeba or the
disease's existence in Vietnam.

[Byline: Nguyen Mi]

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Communicated by:
ProMED-mail rapporteur Mary Marshall

[_Naegleria fowleri_, a free living amoeba, is probably found world
wide in warm fresh water. _Naegleria fowleri_ causes an acute
menngoencephalitis and - in contrast to other free living amoeba -
causes an acute infection where amoebae can be seen directly in the
cerebral fluid. It may simply not have been identified before in
Vietnam. For further information see:
<http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/naegleria/general.html> - Mod. EP

A HealthMap/ProMED-mail map can be accessed at:
<http://healthmap.org/r/1jtz>.]

[see also:
Amebic meningoencephalitis, primary - USA: (SC) fatal
20120722.1210641
2011
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Amebic meningoencephalitis - USA (04): (LA): 20111216.3613
2010
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Amebic meningoencephalitis, organ transplant - USA: (AZ) :
20100924.3451
Amebic meningoencephalitis, primary - USA: (MN): 20100829.3077
2009
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Amebic meningoencephalitis, organ transplant - USA (02): (MS):
20091222.4309
2002
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Amebic meningoencephalitis - USA (Arizona) (05): 20021124.5886
2001
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Amebic meningoencephalitis, primary - USA (Texas): 20010826.2028
1998
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Amebic meningoencephalitis, primary - Mexico : 19980827.1695]
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