The US Centers for Disease Control has confirmed that a South Carolina swimmer has been infected with Naegleria fowleri, a warm-water dwelling amoeba that can cause a life-threatening brain infection.
Earlier this summer, Kali Hardig contracted parasitic meningitis, a rare infection caused by brain-eating amoebas. She was given less than a 1% chance to live. But not only did she overcome those tremendous odds — she's up and walking on her own and is set to start school next week.
A microscopic view of the brain-eating amoeba known as Naegleria fowleri reveals a trio of feeding structures, twisted into a macabre clown-face. The parasitic organism – which lives in warm bodies of fresh water – has infected 128 people since 1962. Only one has survived.
Back in December, authorities learned that Naegleria fowleri — a deadly, brain-eating amoeba, pictured here — was living in Louisiana tapwater, infecting its victims' grey matter by way of neti pot.
This is a video of several xenophyophores, four-inch-long single-celled organisms that have been discovered 6.6 miles under the sea in the Mariana Trench.