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Amoeba awareness: Naegleria fowleri

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Outbreak News This Week

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Dr. Sandra Gompf is an Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases at the University of South Florida. In addition, sadly she is the mother who lost a young son to the “brain-eating amoeba”, Naegleria fowleri.

Dr Gompf and her husband lost their 10-year-old son, Philip to the parasite in 2009.

Dr. Gompf joined host Robert Herriman on the show this week to discuss the amoeba, Philip’s infection,awareness campaigns she is involved in, new developments in diagnostics and treatment and some prevention advise for other parents.