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Eighth Naegleria death in city

Eighth Naegleria death in city

KARACHI: Provincial health authorities on Thursday confirmed the eighth death of the current year caused by the lethal ‘brain-eating amoeba’, or Naegleria fowleri, in the city.

Officials said a 56-year-old man was the latest victim of Naegleria.

Talib Ali Khan was admitted in a critical condition at an intensive care unit of a private hospital four days ago, where he died on Wednesday. The authorities confirmed his death on Thursday.

“The patient was admitted, with symptoms of fever, headache and vertigo, at the ICU where he died on Wednesday,” said a health official of Gulberg town. Mr Khan lived in a middle-class neighbourhood of Federal B Area, said the official.

The death of eight people due to Naegleria this year has been reported from Karachi hospitals. Two were brought from Thatta and Hub. The deadly disease killed 14 people last year.

Published in Dawn, June 12th, 2015

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