KANSAS — An extremely rare brain-eating amoeba has killed a nine-year-old girl from Johnson County, Kansas, according to WDAF.
Hally Yust died on Wednesday.
The amoeba is found in fresh water.
A county disease investigator told our sister station, FOX 4, that Yust had several potential exposures in fresh water in Kansas, so the actual source of infection cannot be determined.
She was taken to a hospital with meningitis-like symptoms and testing revealed the amoeba infection.
An investigator with the Johnson County Health Department told FOX 4, “The amoeba goes up through the nose and into the brain and once it’s there, there’s really nothing anybody can do. There’s only been one case that actually lived through this. All the other cases have passed away.”