CECIL COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- A New York teen is dead after possibly contracting a rare brain-eating amoeba in a Maryland creek, according to Cecil Whig.
Her father says the parasite probably entered Kerry Stoutenburgh's system while she was swimming in Cecil County last month.
The 19-year-old was hospitalized a week later and then died from the Naegleria fowleri amoeba. Health officials say the amoeba can be contracted through the nose when swimming in freshwater lakes or rivers. It then travels to the brain and the infarction is usually fatal.
The Cecil Whig reports that the teenager was swimming in a popular swimming hole in the Rowlandsville area. It is a part of the Octoraro Creek's main stem.
A Gofundme page has been started for Stoutenburgh.