(WCMH) A Westerville, Ohio teen has died after contracting a brain-eating amoeba while swimming on a church trip.
The 18-year-old girl contracted meningoencephalitis according to a representative of Westerville City Schools. Franklin County Public Health is investigating.
The disease is only contracted through natural water sources when water is drawn into the body through the nose, according to the health department. There are several different types of the disease and several different carriers; all affect the brain.
The health department is certain it was not contracted in Ohio because she’d not been swimming in Ohio during the one-to-seven day incubation period. The exact location she went swimming has not been specified.
The girl’s church group of 32 students traveled from Ohio to West Virginia and North Carolina, singing at churches and nursing homes.
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