Karachi’s naegleria Fowleri victim offered prayers at Cantt station: family. Naegleria fowleri claimed a second victim in Karachi. Mirza Muhammad Ali Jarral died as a brain-eating amoeba on May 26th after praying at the Cantt train station where he went to send his relatives away.
Jarral returned home and complained of severe headaches, his brother Mirza Muhammad Asim told Samaa Digital.
After his condition deteriorated, his family took him to a health center in Quaidabad. “Ali acted like a little kid,” said the brother. “We were standing in front of him, but he couldn’t identify us.” Doctors suggested that the family take him to a larger hospital.
On May 29, they took him to the Jinnah Graduate Medical Center and transferred him to Patel Hospital, a private medical center in Iqbal, Gulshan. Doctors took a sample from Ali’s backbone and sent it to Aga Khan University Hospital for analysis. When the report came out the next day, the presence of Naegleria fowler was confirmed, and he died on the 2nd of June the same day.
“This is the second death from a brain-eating amoeba,” confirmed Dr. Shakeel Ahmed, head of the Sindh Naegleria monitoring and testing team. He refused to name the first victim. Ahmed said last year the amoeba took five lives.
‘My Glelia Fowler Lee Can Be Contaminated’ After the incident was reported, the health chief ordered authorities to take water samples from the area the victim had visited on May 26.
His family said he was at home all day. And on May 15th he went to Cantt station to pick up relatives from Azad Kashmir to pay tribute to Ali’s father’s death. He played Wuzu at the train station and prayed there.
Investigators then took water samples from the Gulistan Society and Cantt train station in Quaidabad, where the victims lived, and sent them to the Karachi Water & Sewerage Board for quality testing.
Samples were collected from four locations: a water tank at the victim’s house, Jamia Masjid Abu Huraira at the society, Jamia Masjid Ghareeb Nawaz at the Cantt station, and the mosque at the platform.
The lowest levels of chlorine were found in samples collected at the Cantt station, according to KWSB chief chemist Yahya Wasim Quraishi. The report revealed the following levels of chlorine:
Water tank: 144ppm, Jamia Masjid Abu Huraira: 186ppm, Jamia Masjid Ghareeb Nawaz: 130ppm, Mosque on the platform: 128ppm, In Pakistan, the first case of infection by Naegleria fowleri was reported in 2008.
Researchers have argued that prolonged summers and wet conditions caused by climate change provide an ideal environment for the amoeba to thrive. ‘Extraordinary brain’, Ali, 30, worked as an inventory manager for a private shipping company.
He was a sophomore at the Institute of Business Management and he wanted to pursue an MBA in Supply Chain Management. “My family believed that Ali had an outstanding brain,” his brother said. “We still can’t digest the fact that a brain-eating amoeba claimed his life.”