Horizon Public Health News Release:

Results are Negative in Suspect Case of PAM

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) officials released the official results of testing completed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in relation to a 14-year old boy that recently died following an acute illness, originally suspected to be associated with swimming in a local lake.  Those results indicate that the cause of death was not Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis as initially suspected.  Rather the cause of death was found to be streptococcal meningoencephalitis, a much more common form of bacterial meningitis.  The official MDH news release can be found here.

The laboratory results help bring clarity to the situation, but do not lessen the tragic nature of this case. The results also do not change the fact that there is always a very low-level risk of infection with Naegleria fowleri when swimming in fresh water. For more information about that risk, please visit the MDH website at Naegleria and Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis.
Horizon Public Health, together with the Minnesota Department of Health, continues to encourage everyone to enjoy Minnesota summers, including participation in lake activities.  And when you do, always remember to practice safe swimming recommendations. 

 

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