The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating a case of suspected primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) in a critically ill child. Health officials determined 14-year-old Hunter Boutain developed the infection after swimming at Lake Minnewaska, just south of Alexandria, Minn.
Boutain, of Alexandria, Minn., is being treated for the infection at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. His family said he is currently in a coma and needs help breathing.
“As of this afternoon (7/8/15) Hunter is still in the hospital and remains in critical condition,” Bryan Boutain, Hunter’s uncle, said. “This is a difficult time for our family. We are grateful for the support we’ve received, and welcome everyone’s continued prayers.”