Giemsa-Wright stain of CSF
Giemsa-Wright stain of CSF

Look for trophozoites during hematocytometry or in the Giemsa-Wright stain that is usually performed for the CSF cell count.

Naegleria fowleri wet mount CSF
Naegleria fowleri wet mount CSF

Examine a drop of fresh, *warmed* CSF under a cover slip for motile trophozoites—they may move fast or VERY slowly and may be confused with WBC. Take several minutes to review the slide. Gentle heating increases movement; a drop of distilled water also prompts flagellation & and increased motility.

NOAA Global Map March 2014 201403-201403
NOAA Global Map March 2014 201403-201403

Experts worry that expanding and longer warm seasons may worsen "heat-loving" infectious diseases. Our planet has been warming for several decades, and this is accelerating.

CDC.gov

Primary Amoebic Meningitis by Year
Primary Amoebic Meningitis by Year

CDC.gov

Polecat Hotsprings, WY
Polecat Hotsprings, WY

All unchlorinated, warm fresh water is an excellent environment for free-living amoebae, Legionella, Pseudomonas, and non-tuberculous Mycobacteria.

Philip T. Gompf, 8/5/99-8/17/09
Philip T. Gompf, 8/5/99-8/17/09

S. Gompf MD 2018

Lake Arietta, FL, Polk County
Lake Arietta, FL, Polk County

The beautiful spring-fed lake that Philip swam in 12 days before he sickened and died. (Google Earth)

AmoebaSeason 2x2 card uprint
AmoebaSeason 2x2 card uprint

Front logo of our 2" x 2" informational card.