10-year-old dies after contracting rare brain-eating

Relatives said Lily May Avant had a headache and fever after swimming near her home Labor Day weekend, but then her condition deteriorated rapidly.
1:08 | 09/16/19

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Next tonight, the 10-year-old swimmer contracting a rare brain-eating amoeba while swimming in Texas. She did not survive. Here's ABC's Vick to 0 Ken don't. Reporter: Tonight, a warning from the family of a 10-year-old girl in Texas. I love you. Reporter: Lily may avant died this morning after contracting a rare brain-eating amoeba while swimming in a river near her home labor day weekend. This is the thing you read about, but it doesn't happen to you until it happens to you. Reporter: Her family says when lily first had a headache and fever, doctors thought it was a virus. But her condition quickly deteriorated. She spent days in a medically-induced coma. Today, her cousin saying, "We wanted to bring awareness to the amoeba in an effort to prevent any other family from having to go through this." Over the last 60 years, 145 people have been infected with this rare amoeba, but only four have survived. Including Sebastian Deleo, who contracted it while swimming in a Florida lake in 2016. These types of infections typically occur in warm, freshwater Lakes and rivers. The best advice? Keep your head above water, swim with nose clips and if you start to feel sick, let your doctor now. David? All right, just a devastating loss.

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