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Teen survives rare amoeba infection that kills most people

Posted at 2:01 PM, Aug 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-23 14:01:37-04

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A South Florida boy has survived a brain-eating amoeba that kills most people who contract it.

Florida Hospital officials in Orlando said Tuesday that 16-year-old Sebastian DeLeon came to the hospital two weeks ago complaining of a headache and sensitivity to light.

Hospital staffers are trained to look for the amoeba since another boy died from it there previously.

Officials say the infection has a fatality rate of 97 percent. It's often contracted through the nose when swimming in freshwater.

Doctors lowered the teen's body temperature, induced a coma and gave him a drug that isn't readily available at most hospitals.

Luck was also on his side since the drug's manufacturer is based in Orlando, and a shipment got to the hospital quickly.

He is expected to recover with therapy.

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