Amoebic encephalitis

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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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