A Guilford County man died on Monday after suffering from a rare "brain-eating" amoeba after swimming in Fantasy Lake Water Park in Cumberland County.
Greensboro lawyer Justin Plummer identified the victim as Eddie Gray, Associated Press reports. Plummer said in an email that he represents Gray's wife and estate.
The infection was caused by the amoeba, which naturally found itself in warm fresh water in the summer, the NC Ministry of Health said in a statement. Gray became ill after swimming in Hope Mills on July 1
Gray sailed with a group from the Sedge Garden United Methodist Church in Kernersville, WRAL reported.
Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Confirmed This Gray's death was caused by Naegleria fowleri, a single-celled organism known as a brain-eating amoeba. It can be deadly when the nose is pushed up, but it does not cause injury if swallowed by a person.
The symptoms are severe headache, fever, nausea and vomiting. Other symptoms include a stiff neck, seizures and coma. The amoeba can cause severe illness for up to nine days after exposure.
Infection by Naegleria fowleri is rare. Between 1962 and 2018, only five cases were reported in North Carolina.
Condolences to the family of this person, said Duane Holder, Cumberland County interim health director and deputy district chief. "We recommend everyone to exercise caution when swimming, diving or water skiing in freshwater lakes with warm water." water is blowing up. Close your nose, use nose clips or keep your head afloat when engaging in activities related to warm fresh water.