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Young Girl Passed Away Due To Rare Brain-Eating Amoeba

TEXAS, UNITED STATES – A young girl passed away after she contracted a rare brain-eating amoeba while swimming in a river.

The 10-year-old girl identified as Lily Mae Avant swam in a river and lake located in Texas, United States during the Labor Day holiday weekend. The girl initially experienced headache and fever during the weekend.

Lily was rushed to a local hospital and has been transferred to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth City, Texas but her health deteriorated. The young child received support from different sectors across the United States.

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Recently, Avant family announced that their little angel has already passed away and now in the arms of the Lord Jesus Christ. The social media users, friends, and relatives of Lily expressed their sympathy and condolences for the family.

The young girl allegedly suffered from primary amoebic meningoencephalitis, a brain infection that is also known as brain-eating amoeba Naegleria fowleri, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

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The health personnel said that an infected person may experience the first symptoms about a week after the bacteria enters the nose.

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The amoeba is present in freshwater across Texas and elsewhere in the U.S., and there’s no particular body of water that would present a greater risk,” agency spokesman Chris Van Deusen said.

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