Over the course of this summer, a rash of strange deaths have happened across the United States.
A teenage girl in Ohio died in June after taking a whitewater rafting trip. Then a Texas lifeguard died in July. Earlier this month, an 11-year-old girl died after swimming in a river. Now, a swimmer is fighting for their life in Southern Florida.
All of these healthy young people have something in common: they fell ill after being in water, and in almost all cases, they’ve died incredibly quickly.
The killer? A rare, brain-eating amoeba.
Paige Pfleger from The Pulse at Here & Now contributor WHYY reports.