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Brooklyn College student, 19, dies from rare brain-eating amoeba

Kerry Stoutenburgh, 19, died from a brain-eating amoeba, Naegleria fowleri, she contracted while swimming in a creek during a family vacation in Maryland.

Kerry Stoutenburgh, 19, died from a brain-eating amoeba, Naegleria fowleri, she contracted while swimming in a creek during a family vacation in Maryland.

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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Monday, September 12, 2016, 7:33 PM

A teen from upstate New York who was studying at Brooklyn College died from a rare brain-eating amoeba likely contracted during a swim in a Maryland river, officials said.

Kerry Stoutenburgh, 19, from Kingston, N.Y., was taken off her respirator Aug. 31, according to her family. The fun-loving teen was admitted to an upstate hospital two days earlier. She’d felt feverish and dehydrated and suddenly became incoherent, her family told The Daily Freeman News.

Kerry Stoutenburgh, 19, from Kingston, N.Y., was taken off her respirator Aug. 31, according to her family.

Kerry Stoutenburgh, 19, from Kingston, N.Y., was taken off her respirator Aug. 31, according to her family.

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Doctors said she’d contracted an amoeba called Naegleria fowleri — which enters the brain through the nose. It causes a devastating infection called amebic meningoencephalitis.

Kerry had just moved to Brighton Beach to attend Brooklyn College. She was studying independent film with a minor in history with the goal of becoming a filmmaker, her family said.

Kerry had just moved to Brighton Beach to attend Brooklyn College. She was studying independent film with a minor in history with the goal of becoming a filmmaker, her family said.

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Kerry had just moved to Brighton Beach to attend Brooklyn College. She was studying independent film with a minor in history with the goal of becoming a filmmaker, her family said.

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Officials said the family had been swimming in two areas: Octoraro Creek and North East Creek. Both rivers in Maryland were tested for the amoeba, which has a 97% fatality rate.

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