(FOX WEATHER) – A rare but deadly brain-eating amoeba has forced state officials to close an Iowa beach for swimming.
The precautionary beach closure at Lake of Three Fires State Park in Bedford, Iowa, is a response to a confirmed infection of Naegleria fowleri in a Missouri resident with recent potential exposure while swimming, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said.
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The infection is known as primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM). It is not contagious but can be life-threatening, health officials said. The microscopic single-celled free-living ameba is commonly found in lakes, rivers and ponds.