Compound from I. viscosa plant could treat brain-eating amoebae

Compound from I. viscosa plant could treat brain-eating amoebae

A team of researchers has identified a compound isolated from the leaves of a traditional medicinal plant called Inula viscosa, or “false yellowhead,” that kills the “brain-eating” amoeba Naegleria fowleri, which causes the deadly disease known as primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM). The researchers, from University of La Laguna, Spain, say that these findings could lead to the first ever effective treatment to combat this disease. According to the scientists, PAM is characterised by headache, fever, vomiting, hallucinations and seizures and is almost always fatal within a couple of weeks of developing symptoms. Although the disease, which is usually contracted by …
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