Web Extra: Parasitic Meningitis Survivors, The Other 2

Published 04/24 2014 04:03PM

Updated 04/24 2014 05:20PM

LITTLE ROCK, AR - In a special report tonight we get a progress report on an Arkansas girl who is one of only 3 people in the last 50 years to survive a diagnosis of parasitic meningitis.

The following information from the Centers for Disease Control has details on the other two survivors. One of them is from California and the other from Mexico. 

The California survivor’s (female, 1978) condition gradually improved during a one-month hospitalization. The only reported side effect to treatment was a reduction in leg sensation for two months after discharge, which gradually improved. There was also no detection of Naegleria fowleri 3 days post-treatment. 

It has been suggested that the survivor’s strain of Naegleria fowleri may have been less virulent, which contributed to the patient’s recovery. In laboratory experiments, the California survivor's strain did not cause damage to cells as quickly as other strains, suggesting that it is less virulent than strains recovered from other fatal cases.

The Mexico survivor’s condition did not begin to improve until 40 hours after hospital admission. On day 22 of admission, there was no abnormality shown in the brain scan and the patient was discharged the next day. The patient was followed up for the next 12 months without any recurrence of disease.

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