Another Naegleria death in city, health official does not confirm

KARACHI: A man suffering from Naegleria died on Tuesday, taking the death toll to five this year from this brain-eating disease said sources. However, a health official did not confirm it.

Sources said a 25-years-old man was under treatment in a government hospital. The doctors diagnosed him with brain-eating amoeba; however, he could not survive. The deceased was resident Hub, Balochistan and admitted to the hospital a few days ago with high-grade fever.

The death toll due to the disease has reached to 5 in the ongoing year.

The provincial health department has already formed a six-member committee to collect water samples from different areas to check chlorine level in them.

According to the report issued by the team, 38 more samples were collected from the city and out of them 21 samples had zero percent chlorine while 17 samples had sufficient chlorine it them.

The committee has already collected total 84 samples from the different areas of the metropolitan.

However, when Director Health Karachi Dr Zafar Ejaz was contacted he said the patient in question is suffering from meningitis and not Naegleria. He further said this patient is still alive.