Las Vegas teen dies from brain-eating amoeba as experts warn against panic
Investigators believe teen was exposed in warm waters at Lake Mead but epidemiologist says disease is ‘very, very rare’
“It gets people’s attention because of the name,” Brian Labus, a former public health epidemiologist,
The CDC has tallied just 154 cases of infection and death from the amoeba in the US since 1962
People need to be smart about it when they’re in places where this rare amoeba actually lives.
Amoeba only infects people by entering the nose and migrating to the brain. It is almost always fatal.