DEADLY "BRAIN-EATING" microbe outbreak in Pakistan. 98% efffective rate of death. Calling all VIRUS-DOOMers . Should i short hotels stocks??
Pakistan’s capital city Karachi was struck by an outbreak of Naegleria fowleri, also known as ‘brain-eating amoeba.’ The deadly freshwater microbe kills 98 percent of those infected. The source of the infection has yet to be identified.
The amoeba is transmitted from contaminated water through the nasal cavity and travels to the brain, causing inflammation. Symptoms are initially mild, including headache, stiff neck, fever and stomach pain, but after five to seven days death is likely, as no treatment for the disease has been developed.
The ongoing outbreak has claimed 10 lives, including two children. The three most recent deaths occurred last week.
Some of the cases may not have been reported since many of the city’s 18 million residents are not familiar with the disease, Dr Musa Khan, head of the WHO's Disease Early Warning System in Pakistan said on Tuesday.