Boy battles brain-eating amoeba

Amoeba Boy

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LABELLE, Florida (WBBH) – A 12-year-old LaBelle, Florida boy is fighting for his life against a rare and often fatal infection that is attacking and eating away at his brain.

If he survives, he’ll become only the fourth person to ever overcome the brain-eating amoeba he contracted while knee boarding with friends.

Zachary Reyna has been diagnosed with primary amoebic meningoencephalitis-or PAM.

PAM is caused by an amoeba found in still, warm water. It traveled up Zachary’s nose and into his brain. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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