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Infectious Disease

Cook Children's Infectious Disease team offers care for children and teens with diseases caused by bacteria, parasites, fungi or viruses.

Promising drug, Miltefosine

New hope in fight against deadly brain-eating amoeba
On June 17, 2016, Cook Children's became the first hospital in Texas to carry Miltefosine, a drug that has shown success in treating Primary Amoebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM), the brain infection caused by the water-born amoeba, known as Naegleria fowleri. Until recently, Miltefosine was only available through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and had to be shipped to hospitals on a patient-by-patient basis. Having Miltefosine on hand at Cook Children's means patients will not have to wait for a shipment to arrive, increasing their odds of survival. It also means quicker access to the drug for hospitals across Texas and the region.