Naegleria death toll climbs to seven in Sindh

KARACHI: Naegleria virus has claimed another life, raising the death toll to seven in Sindh province.


Asif, 25, resident of district Hub was diagnosed with brain-eating amoeba naegleria and was under treatment in civil hospital in Karachi where he lost his life to the deadly disease.

To battle the growing threat of naegleria fowleri deaths, the Sindh Health Department has constituted a six-member committee to focus on preventive measures against the disease.

According to the researchers, naegleria has a fatality rate of more than 98 percent.

It is transmitted when contaminated water enters the body through the nose and cannot be passed person-to-person.

The amoeba travels from the nasal membranes to the brain.

Symptoms are initially very mild, including a headache, stiff neck, fever and stomach pain. Death usually occurs five to seven days after infection. The disease first surfaced in Karachi in 2006.