Amoebic encephalitis

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Amoebic encephalitis
Primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (exudate and hemorrhage of frontal cerebral cortex)
SpecialtyInfectious disease

Amoebic encephalitis, also spelled amoebic meningoencephalitis, refer to several potentially fatal infections of the central nervous system by free-living amoebae, often referred to in the media as a "brain-eating amoeba" infection. Types include:

Over 600 cases have been reported globally as of 2019.[1]


  1. Hara, T; Yagita, K; Sugita, Y (August 2019). "Pathogenic free-living amoebic encephalitis in Japan". Neuropathology : official journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology. 39 (4): 251–258. doi:10.1111/neup.12582. PMID 31243796.

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