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Exposed to Naegleria fowleri and dying from PAM

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My wife is worried about the possibility of having been exposed to Naegleria fowleri and dying from PAM. She used half a neti pot before realizing she made the mistake of using tap water in it. We live in northern NJ. She is very anxious about this. Is she going to be ok?

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Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
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Hello,

Thank you for asking your query at DoctorSpring.

Even though there are a number of Naegleria fowleri - Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM) stories on the media, you should make your wife realise this is a extremely rare disease. Thousands of people use neti pot and tap water daily without contracting the disease.

And most importantly PAM is not yet reported in New Jersey. Please see this CDC Data - http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/naegleria/state-map.html.
Naegleria fowleri bacteria is not found in your region. Incase if there is any symptoms get in touch with your Doctor insted of being anxious.

Hope this helps
Thank you


Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
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MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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