Naegleria fowleri

It’s summertime, which means that people are enjoying the outdoors by swimming in lakes, rivers, and ponds. It also means that those swimmers are at risk for Naegleria fowleri, an amoeba that causes a rare infection called primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM).

In this podcast, Dr. Lori Racsa discusses the laboratory identification of this amoeba. While most microbiology techs are unlikely to encounter a case, it’s best to be prepared.