Boy Diagnosed with Rare Disease Dies

Published: 18th March 2016 03:44 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th March 2016 03:44 AM   |  A+A-

KOCHI: The 16-year-old boy who was recently diagnosed with amoebic meningoencephalitis, a rare brain infection, died at a private hospital here at 10 pm on Thursday.

Boy.jpgAkbar, a native of Pallathuruthy in Alappuzha, was a Plus-I student at Thiruvambady Higher Secondary School. Son of Nawas and Raseena, Akbar is survived by a brother who is studying in Class-VII. The funeral will be held at the Alappuzha Maasan mosque at 3 pm on Friday.

“Akbar developed fever and headache last Saturday, and was first admitted to the Alappuzha General Hospital and then to the Medical College. Since doctors at the Medical College could not diagnose the condition, we took him to Aster Medcity in Kochi. He had been in coma for the last two days,” said a relative.   “The infection was diagnosed through a cerebrospinal fluid test. The condition is so rare that only around ten such cases have been reported so far. The amoeba entered the boy’s  body through nasal cavity when he was taking bath in the river. It entered his central nervous system and damaged the brain,” said Dr Anup Warrier, physician in charge of the infection control, adding that the diagnosis is difficult as the amoeba will be visible only in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), that also for just a few minutes after taken out of the body.  The infection is caused by Naegleria Fowleri, a free-living amoeba found in freshwater ponds, lakes and rivers. It enters the brain through the nose, and the infection leads to brain death. 

Stay up to date on all the latest Kochi news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

facebook twitter whatsapp