Fatal Naegleria fowleri meningoencephalitis, Italy

Paola E. Cogo, Massimo Scaglia, Simonetta Gatti, Flavio Rossetti, Rita Alaggio, Anna Maria Laverda, Ling Zhou, Lihua Xiao, Govinda S. Visvesvara

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We report the first case of primary amebic meningoencephalitis in Italy, in a 9-year-old boy. Clinical course was fulminant, and diagnosis was made by identifying amebas in stained brain sections and by indirect immunofluorescence analysis. Naegleria fowleri was characterized as genotype I on the basis of polymerase chain reaction test results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1835-1837
Number of pages3
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2004


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)

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Cogo, P. E., Scaglia, M., Gatti, S., Rossetti, F., Alaggio, R., Laverda, A. M., Zhou, L., Xiao, L., & Visvesvara, G. S. (2004). Fatal Naegleria fowleri meningoencephalitis, Italy. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 10(10), 1835-1837.