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10-year-old Texas girl dies after contracting brain-eating amoeba while swimming
A weekend swim left a young girl dead after she contracted a brain-eating amoeba with a 97% fatality rate. Lily Mae Avant, 10, swam in the Brazos River and Lake Whitney in Bosque County near Waco over Labor Day weekend, according to CNN affiliate KWTX-TV. Then, on September 8, Lily "began having a headache, and it was quickly followed by a fever," according to a Facebook page created to support the girl. Her family thought it was a viral infection at first, but after visits to the family doctor and Lily having trouble sleeping, the family knew something was wrong.