More than eight people died in Karachi due to a virus known as 'Naegleria Fowleri.' It is basically an amoeba that lives in fresh water or soil, so in simple words, it is a life threatening water-borne disease. This amoeba enters through the nose and once it has entered the body there is danger of serious infection. The parasite then migrates and enters the brain and starts damaging it. Apart from this information, the increasing number of deaths is alarming. Government should play its role regarding creating awareness among the people about the infection, which can only be prevented by avoiding aspiration of fresh water into the nose. The risk is more during swimming and other water sports. Chlorination of water is considered to be the only cure against the spread of this deadly disease.


Islamabad, August 7.