FEB 03, 2014 11:04 AM PST

What is this Brain-Eating Amoeba all about?

WRITTEN BY: Jennifer Ellis
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The brain-eating amoeba has caused quite a stir in the U.S, after infecting 2 kids this month alone. Naegleria Flowleri is the organism that kills human beings by getting into the nose and finding its way to the brain. It then feeds on the brain cells and causes a disease called primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), which results in death.
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