Student dies after contracting brain-eating amoeba on vacation

Kerry Stoutenburgh | Photo: GoFundMe

New York Post | By Natalie Musumeci |

A Brooklyn College student has died after contracting a rare brain-eating amoeba while swimming in a creek during a family vacation.

Kerry Stoutenburgh, 19, of Kingston, NY, is believed to have contracted the deadly infection after jumping off a bridge into a warm body of water in Cecil County in Maryland last month.

Health officials said Stoutenburgh swam in the Conowingo Creek and Gilpins Falls, and it is believed that she came in contact with the parasite then, The Daily Freeman of Kingston reported.

The disease she became infected with, primary amebic meningoencephalitis, is caused by the brain parasite known as Naegleria fowleri, which is commonly found in warm freshwater rivers and hot springs or burrowed in soil. She died Aug. 31.

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