LaBelle, Florida (News-Press) -- The father of a 12-year-old Florida boy battling a brain-eating amoeba says the treatment has defeated the infection.
were told this morning that the antibiotics have defeated the
infection. Tests showed negative activity from the amoeba." Zachary
Reyna's father wrote on a Facebook page titled "Pray4Number4" dedicated to the little league baseball player.
Zachary has been hospitalized since Sunday, Aug. 4 after contracting the
infection, known as primary amoebic meningoencephalitis, or PAM, while
knee-boarding in a water-filled ditch near his family's home.
The infection destroys brain tissue and is
almost always lethal - the fatality rate is more than 99 percent. The
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 1 of 128 individuals
with the infection in the U.S. in the past 50 years has survived; and
one in Mexico survived.
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is a small victory but we know the battle is not over." the statement
from Zachary's father says. "Extensive damage was done to his brain and
we need to pray for any form of activity to come from his brain. "
Kali Hardig, a 12-year-old Arkansas girl, is recovering after being hospitalized with the infection in July. She is going through physical
therapy, tossing a ball to a physical therapist, moving her legs and
saying hi to her mom.
of an experimental breast cancer drug and the dramatic drop in body
temperature helped make Kali the third survivor of the infection. Her
doctors and family have been communicating with Zachary's doctors and