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Monday, September 12, 2016

Teen dies from brain-eating amoeba after swimming in stream flowing from Pennsylvania

Health officials are monitoring the possible source of a rare brain-eating amoeba that killed a New York teen after she swam in a stream that flowed from Pennsylvania to Maryland.

The New York Department of Health confirmed that 19-year-old Kerry Stoutenburgh died from the Naegleria fowleri amoeba -- also known as the "brain-eating amoeba." Officials said she contracted the disease while swimming on vacation in Cecil County, Md. in August.

A GoFund Me page has been created to help the family.

Officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Health did not immediately respond to a request for information Thursday morning.


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