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Deadly Amoeba in Lakes & Rivers

Two children fighting for survival.

Doctors in Little Rock, Arkansas say a 12-year-old girl is alive and responsive after being diagnosed with a rare brain-eating amoeba last month. The amoeba called Naegleria fowleri is incredibly rare, but it's almost always fatal.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says only 130 cases have been reported in the United States since 1962. Kali Hardig is only the third person known to have survived the infection. Meanwhile, a 12 year old boy in Florida is also fighting the rare and deadly infection. The amoeba called Naegleria fowleri is commonly found in freshwater lakes, ponds and rivers.

The Pennsylvania Health Department says it used to be thought that the amoeba was restricted to warm, stagnant bodies of water in the south, but it's been seen as far north as Minnesota. But there've been no cases reported in Pennsylvania.

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