SC Resident Contracts Rare Brain Infection

COLUMBIA, SC– Doctors have confirmed that a South Carolina resident has contracted a extremely rare infection in the brain.

Lab tests have confirmed that the organism Naegleria fowleri was most likely contracted on July 24th while swimming near Martin’s Landing on the Edisto River in Charleston County.

The CDC says the organism occurs naturally in warm water lakes, rivers and streams but infection in humans is very rare with only 40 cases reported nationwide in the past ten years.

Doctors say you should avoid swimming or jumping into bodies of fresh water when the water level is low.
The best way to avoid Naegleria fowleri is through prevention:
  • Avoid water-related activities in warm, untreated, or poorly treated water.
  • Hold your nose shut or use nose clips when taking part in water-related activities.
  • Avoid digging in or stirring up sediment surrounding warm, fresh water.
  • Salt water, like the ocean, does not contain Naegleria fowleri. For more information about Naegleria fowleri, visit