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Lily Lake closed after second child dies of parasitic brain infection

Minnesota health officials closed the Stillwater lake on Tuesday after a second child died within two years of what is believed to be a rare, lethal and incurable brain infection caused by a microorganism found in the water. The deaths are incredibly rare – the two cases are believed to be the only two in Minnesota history.
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Assistant state epidemiologist Rich Danila said he was "99 percent sure" that a 9-year-old boy from the Stillwater area – taken off life-support Tuesday, Aug. 7 – died of primary amoebic meningoencephalitis, a parasitic infection for which there have been only 125 cases in the United States since 1924, the Pioneer Press reports.

The rare, lethal and incurable brain infection is caused by a microorganism found in the water.

This would be only the second known case in Minnesota. Both cases were linked to Lily Lake in Stillwater, which officials closed Tuesday.

Danila does not dissuade people from swimming.

“Rather, simply avoid swimming, diving or other activities in obviously stagnant water when temperatures are high and water levels are low,” he told WCCO:

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