Florida Boy Contracts Brain-Eating Amoeba From Water Filled Ditch

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LABELLE, Fla. — Another child has been infected with a rare, brain-eating parasite, less than a month after Kali Hardig ended up in an Arkansas hospital, fighting for her life.

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Zachary Reyna (credit WBBH)

The new patient is 12-year-old Zachary Reyna, his family told CNN affiliate WBBH. A spokesperson for the Hendry-Glades Health Department in LaBelle, Florida, said that the department wouldn’t release the age or name of the infected person for privacy reasons.

Reyna’s family told WBBH that Reyna was kneeboarding with friends in a water filled ditch by his house on August 3. He slept the entire next day.

His family told WBBH that Reyna was an active and healthy seventh grader, so sleeping that much was unusual. His mother took him to the hospital immediately. He underwent brain surgery and doctors diagnosed him with primary amoebic meningoencephalitis, according to WBBH. He is currently in the intensive care unit at the Miami Children’s Hospital.

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