A firefighter in California has died from an illness that stems from a brain-eating amoeba he contracted late last year, it is reported by the Press Enterprise.
Matt Moore, a fire captain in Murrieta, Calif., became seriously ill in November and doctors were initially baffled as to what was causing his sickness, according to the report.
In January, doctors, using a brain biopsy, pinpointed the illness to parasitic meningoencephalitis, an extremely rare infection caused by the brain-eating amoeba Balamuthia mandrillaris. This amoeba, which invades the brain, is usually fatal.
Moore died this week at UC San Diego Medical Center Hillcrest from complications due to meningoencephalitis, a condition that simultaneously resembles both meningitis and encephalitis.