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A brain-eating amoeba most likely killed a teen girl on a rafting trip

Health officials are inspecting the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, after 18-year-old Lauren Seitz died Sunday from a fatal infection likely caused by a rare brain-eating amoeba called Naegleria fowleri, which they believe she contracted when rafting there during a church trip. And although infection is rare, statistics about the amoeba are calling into questions the safety of river water. Seitz’s exposure may have happened in just a split second.

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