LITTLE ROCK, AR-- The Centers for Disease Control confirms a brain eating illness has been found in Arkansas.
Leaders are not identifying the person who has parasitic meningitis because of health laws. But FOX16 confirmed earlier this week, a 12-year-old girl is being treated in Little Rock for symptoms.
Kali Hardig is recovering at Arkansas Children's Hospital.
The illness starts when a parasite enters the body through the nose, mainly happening when a person goes swimming in warm freshwater places, like a river or lake.
The sickness travels to the brain, where it destroys brain tissue. The health department says symptoms of parasitic meningitis include vomiting, stiff neck, headache, and fever.
To prevent parasitic meningitis, the CDC says avoid warm freshwater, like lakes or rivers, during periods of high water temperature and low water levels.
Also hold the nose shut or use nose clips when swimming. People should also avoid digging in, or stirring up, the sediment in shallow areas.
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