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A Little Rock television station is reporting that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found a rare case of parasitic meningitis in Arkansas.

The CDC says Arkansas had five cases of the waterborne illness between 1962 and 2012.

Television station KTHV in Little Rock reported Thursday that the CDC had confirmed the case but that the Arkansas Health Department had not.

Parasitic meningitis is formally known as primary amebic meningoencephalitis. The CDC says the condition is typically fatal and that the infection occurs when people dive in warm freshwater places such as lakes and rivers. It typically enters a body through the nose and then reaches the brain.

The state Health Department has taken samples from various bodies of water.

Florida has had 33 cases since 1962.

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