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European Journal of General Medicine
Medical Investigations Society
ISSN: 1304-3897
Vol. 3, No. 4, 2006, pp. 190-192
Bioline Code: gm06041
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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European Journal of General Medicine, Vol. 3, No. 4, 2006, pp. 190-192

Eke, Reginald; Chigbu, Lawrence N & Enwereji, E


We report a case of primary amoebic meningoencephalitis in Nigeria in a 7-year old boy from a rural area. The clinical course was classically that of meningoencephalitis and laboratory diagnosis was from the cerebrospinal fluid and pond water specimen which showed free-living structures of amoeba of Naegleria species. Methods available could not differentiate the Naegleria species. Investigation revealed that the boy played and swam in a village pond for many years before his death and the pond was infested with free living amoebae. Despite the world-wide nature of the disease, the reporting of the cases had been very rare. The apparent rarity of the reporting world-wide and in particular in developing countries result in ignorance of people of the disease.

Primary amoebic meningoencephalitis, developing countries, unfamiliarity problems.

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