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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...

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