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I believe you are speaking about infection with Naegleria Fowleri.
here is a link
unfortunately, there is no known cure, most infected with this die.... 99% fatality rate
Is there any treatment for it.
but it is extremely rare
with the rare patient who does prove to have this
there is no known cure
but there is little reason to worry in your son's case
due to the rarity
and to his relatively benign symptoms
there have been thirty one cases over the last decade in the US
any tests that can be done to verify is he has it.
if you will, after we finish our chat, click on the link I sent above, I believe all your questions about this will be answered
the problem is that there is not a good test for it
nothing reliable as of yet
might I ask where your grandson was waterskiiing? what region of the country?
he lives in Greenville,sc
so this extremely rare ameba is found almost exclusively in very warm water
and while it is always possible in the southern states to be exposed to this in any fresh-water lake, it is so rare that I would really try to stop worrying about this. that being said, I am a dad, and I understand your concern.
I am standing by
do you have any more questions for me about this ma'am?
Thanks for your help. the local doctor just said that it would have progressed more rapidly at this time. Will just pray. Thanks for your help
I agree with his local physician. If one is unfortunate enough to get infected with this the disease looks a lot like meningitis, and patients typically get sicker and sicker and rather queickly
and I will say a prayer for him as well if that is okay with you
That would be nice. God Bless you
and you as well, and I have already said a prayer and I am confident he will get better soon
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