Posted BY: The Daily Wire

A Missouri resident who swam in an Iowa lake has been infected by a rare and extremely lethal brain-eating amoeba, health officials said.

The unidentified patient, who is hospitalized in Missouri, swam at Lake of Three Fires State Park before being stricken with Naegleria fowleri, an infection so rare there were just 154 known cases in the U.S. from 1962 to 2019, according to the CDC. Of those infected, only four people are known to have survived.

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“It’s strongly believed by public health experts that the lake is a likely source, but we are not limiting the investigation to that source and it’s not confirmed,” Lisa Cox, spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services told the Des Moines Register. “Additional public water sources in Missouri are being tested as well.”

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