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A child in Northern California has developed a rare and deadly brain infection after swimming in a freshwater lake, according to health officials.

The child, who is younger than 10 years old and lives in Tehama County, was diagnosed with primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), a devastating brain infection, Tehama County Health Services Agency said in a statement released on Aug. 4. The infection is caused by Naegleria fowleri, a microscopic amoeba that is found in warm freshwater bodies, such as lakes, rivers and hot springs.



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