Texas girl, 10, dies after contracting rare brain-eating amoeba while swimming

Avant contracted a rare brain-eating amoeba while swimming in a river in Texas and died on Sept. 16 2019

10-year-old Texas girl fights for her life after contracting brain-eating amoeba

"She was an outstanding student, but more importantly, Lily was an incredible person and friend to all".

"We want everyone to know we appreciate their prayers and love and support". Which, is just like her!

'We hope we got to her in time.

The night Lily Mae fell ill, she complained she had a headache before contracting a fever.

According to CBS Dallas Fort Worth, officials diagnosed Avant with primary amebic meningoencephalitis after her admission to Cook, an infection caused by the Naegleria fowleri amoeba, sometimes called the "brain-eating amoeba".

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About a week later, on September 8, Lily started suffering from a fever, according to NBC Dallas-Fort Worth. Doctors say she contracted Naegleria fowleri, a rare but deadly amoeba that lives in warm freshwater such as lakes, rivers and hot springs. Once the ameba enters the nose, it travels to the brain where it causes PAM, which is usually fatal. "Miltefosine has shown ameba-killing activity against free-living amebae, including Naegleria fowleri, in the laboratory", CDC said.

Warren told KWTX she's hopeful her niece "will be number five to survive".

In a heartbreaking statement, her aunt Loni Yadon told NBC News that the young girl has "changed lives and brought unity to a divided nation". She is stronger than anybody I know'.

Texas' Department of State Health Services shared the following tips to reduce risk of infection.

In very rare instances, Naegleria infections may also occur when contaminated water from other sources (such as inadequately chlorinated swimming pool water or heated and contaminated tap water) enters the nose. "Most years in Texas, we have zero or one case, and this is the first case this year".

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Lily Mae Avant, 10, succumbed to the often-fatal amoeba known as Naegleria fowleri early Monday at Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth, news station KCEN-TV reported.

Only 4 people in the last 50-years who came down with the illness have survived.

It is commonly found in warm freshwater and soil.

Additionally, people should use only "sterile, distilled, or lukewarm previously boiled water for nasal irrigation or sinus flushes (e.g., Neti Pot usage, ritual nasal ablution, etc.)".

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