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Arkansas girl improving in battle against brain-eating parasite

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A 12-year-old girl in Arkansas is improving in her battle against a rare brain-eating parasite.

Kali Harding is now able to eat, drink, smile and talk, all things she hasn’t been able to do since July.

She can even take a few steps with some help.

Harding was given an experimental breast cancer drug as a last-ditch effort to save her.

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control said there have only been 128 known cases of Naegleria fowleri in the past 50 years with only two known survivors.

The parasite is typically found in hot springs and warm, fresh water.

A boy from Florida died last week from the same deadly amoeba.

Here are some tips from the CDC to help lower your risk of infection:

– Avoid swimming in freshwater when the water temperature is high and the water level is low.
– Hold your nose shut or use nose clips.
– Avoid stirring up the sediment while wading in shallow, warm freshwater areas.
– If you are irrigating, flushing or rinsing your sinuses (for example, by using a neti pot), use water that has been distilled or sterilized.