N. fowleri has been coined the "brain-eating" amoeba, receiving increased attention from both the media and scientific research since its discovery in 1961. While infection is extremely rare, it infects humans through the nasal passage after exposure to contaminated, warm freshwater, causing the brain destroying reaction primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM). Those infected with PAM present with symptoms such as severe headache and loss of the sense of smell and will typically die within a week thereafter. This fulminant pathogenicity has led to increased awareness of N.
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