Sensationally billed as a "Brain-Eating Amoeba," Naegleria fowleri
has been identified as the cause of Aaron Evans's death. According to a story
appearing on KPHO-Phoenix's website, the Lake Havesu native "has become the sixth victim to die nationwide this year of a microscopic organism that attacks the body through the nasal cavity, quickly eating its way to the brain."
According to Barnett Gibbs
, a doctor writing for eMedicine.com, "[e]arly diagnosis, treatment, and aggressive supportive care hold the only chance for patient survival" of primary amebic meningoencephalitis,
the disease caused by N fowleri
. Even so, despite having been discovered nearly fifty years ago in Australia, "[f]ew people have survived PAM, and no standard treatment regimen has been developed" for victims of the disease.
At least Jaws