Good news about that horrific brain-eating amoeba

Turns out, it doesn't kill absolutely everybody it infects. A 12-year-old girl in Arkansas is recovering from her battle with the killer single-celled organism. She's the third known person to survive. Nobody knows yet how she, or the other survivors, made it through. Why? Well, that's more (sort of) good news. There've only been 130 recorded cases of brain-eating amoeba infection since 1962. It's so rare, that it's difficult for doctors to study.

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  1. I hope she makes a full recovery. Survival alone isn't much good news.

  2. Yeah, you never want to hear the phrase 'neurological sequelae' connected to your case.

  3. My nephew nearly died from fungal meningitis a few years ago. The condition is so rare that he was lucky to find a doctor who could diagnose it in time to save his life. These rare conditions are so dangerous because doctors hardly see them, and the treatments are generally experimental.

    A friend of mine who works in immunology told me that viruses and bacteria are easy to treat by comparison because they are so different from us. Treating an amoeba infection must be like treating cancer. You have to almost kill the patient...

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