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On September 19, Director of the
Preventive Medicine Agency, Dr. Nguyen Van Binh, confirmed that the child who
died of brain abscess in Ho Chi Minh City is actually killed by brain eating
amoeba Naegleria fowleri.
"The test results show that
the samples of the child are positive for amoeba Naegleria fowleri," Binh
Previously, samples taken from
the 6-year-old child was tested by the high molecular biological techniques at
a hospital in HCM City, revealing that it is positive for Naegleria fowleri.
To be sure, the HCM City Forensic
Center sent other samples taken from the child to others labs for testing.
According to the HCM City
Preventive Health Center, the child lived in Binh Tan district and suffered
from congenital mental retardation. The Ministry of Health has asked HCM City
to send a detailed report on the case. This afternoon, September 19, the HCM
City Health Department will have further information about the second death by
This is the second patient in
Vietnam who is confirmed for being killed by brain eating amoeba. Last August,
at the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases, a 25-year-old patient
from Phu Yen was the first identified death from Naegleria fowleri, after
diving in a lake near his home to catch mussels.
According to experts, the brain
eating amoeba lives in ponds and lakes. It can enter the brain through the nose
when a person indulges in freshwater lakes and ponds.
The Ministry of Health has
advised people not to bathe, swim in high-risk areas. If they have to, they
should minimize water from getting into their noses, by using nose clips if
possible. After bathing or swimming, they should clean their noses by nasal
antiseptic. Upon detection of headache, fever, nausea, vomiting, people should
immediate go to clinics for prompt diagnosis and treatment.