'Brain Eating Amoeba' Kills Third Person

September 27, 2013 Updated Aug 18, 2011 at 12:20 PM EDT

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'Brain Eating Amoeba' Kills Third Person

September 27, 2013 Updated Aug 18, 2011 at 12:20 PM EDT

(MSNBC.com) A nine-year-old Virginia boy died earlier this month after coming down with a rare infection known as the "brain-eating amoeba," according to a Richmond Times-Dispatch report.

The newspaper reported that Christian Alexander Strickland became infected after swimming at a fishing camp in Virginia. He died on August 5.

It was the third death connected to the "brain-eating amoeba" --  Naegleria fowleri -- this month. A 16-year-old Florida girl and a Louisiana man also died this summer from the rare infection.

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