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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