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Arizona health officials are investigating a possible case of a rare and fatal brain-eating amoeba. A person from Maricopa County has come down with symptoms consistent with the infection, but the source is yet to be determined. This single-celled organism is usually found in warm bodies of fresh water, like lakes and rivers and is very dangerous if it reaches the brain. Although the person is currently hospitalized, the risks are extremely high as the mortality rate for this fatal infection is over 95%.

Arizona health officials are investigating a possible case of a rare and fatal brain-eating amoeba. A resident from Maricopa County presented symptoms associated with the infection that is caused by the microscopic organism, which is typically found in warm bodies of fresh water. Treatment of the infection includes antibiotics and getting rid of the organism through surgery, although treatment cannot be guaranteed to work. Residents are warned to take caution when swimming in warm fresh water over the summer.