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The Ancanthamoeba Parasite
Transcript of The Ancanthamoeba Parasite
Acanthamoeba(ameba) is a parasite. A parasite is another organism that lives in another organism, a host. Acanthamoeba though is a microscopic, free-living, single-celled organism, it can live without a host. Is able to host many bacterial species living in the environment This parasite can cause rare, but severe infections of the eye, skin, and central nervous system.
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Ring infiltrate of the eye
What is a acanthamoeba?
This parasite is found worldwide in:
drinking water systems
air conditioning and humidifiers
Acanthamoeba keratitis is the most common disease caused by a ameba parasite. Keratitis primarily affects a majority of those whom wear conact lenses but it also affects those who don't wear contacts.
What they feed on
slit-lamp exam views the structures of the eye
examining the ameba by a process called confocal microscopy
tear samples and cells from cornea
Where Acanthamoeba is found
What does acanthamoeba do to its host?
This parasite ameba, can cause rare, but severe infections of
centrel nervous system
It gets into the body through:
contact lens use
Most people will be exposed to acanthamoeba during their lifetime but very few will become sick from this exposure.
Is an infection of the eye that can result in permanent visual impairment or blindness. is caused when the amoeba infects the transparent, outer covering of the eye, known as the cornea
The symptoms of Acanthamoeba Keratitis:
redness of eyes
sensation to something in the eye
Tests and Diagnosis
visit the eye care!
wash hands before touching contacts or your eyes
remove contact lenses before any activity
clean contact lenses carefully and replace them