Health officials advise public on rare water-borne illness
Last updated 8/14/2008 at Noon
Following a recent death, nearby Riverside County health officials have issued an advisory for the public to be cautious of exposure to a parasite typically acquired while swimming.
Naegleria fowleri, an amoeba commonly found in warm freshwater lakes and soil, causes a rare but severe brain infection that usually is fatal.
Infections from the parasite are more common during hot summer months but cannot spread from person to person.
Two weeks ago, a Lake Elsinore child died from a brain infection caused by the parasite. Health officials know the child swam in Lake Elsinore several times t...