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May 16, 2001

Amoebic Encephalitis Due to Sappinia diploidea

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;285(19):2450-2451. doi:10.1001/jama.285.19.2450

To the Editor: Amoebic encephalitis is a potentially lethal infection caused by several genera of amoeba, including Naegleria fowleri, Acanthamoeba species, Balamuthia mandrillaris, or Entamoeba histolytica.1-3 We report a case of amoebic encephalitis caused by Sappinia diploidea, a species from a genus of free-living amoeba not previously known to be pathogenic to humans.

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