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Lawsuit settled in death of man infected by amoeba

NEW ORLEANS — The parents of a Louisiana man whose death in 2011 was linked to a rare brain-eating amoeba have settled their lawsuit against the manufacturers of two household devices that they blamed for their son’s deadly infection. Settlement terms were not disclosed in a federal judge’s order that dismissed the wrongful-death lawsuit on Oct. 15.

Last year, Jeffrey Cusimano’s parents sued NeilMed Pharmaceuticals Inc., maker of a ‘‘neti pot’’ that the 28-year-old used to clean his sinuses with water. They also sued Rheem Manufacturing Co., which made a water heater in his home. Their lawsuit claimed defects in both devices allowed Cusimano to become infected by Naegleria fowleri, a microscopic organism that was found in St. Bernard Parish’s water system.

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State health officials linked the same amoeba to the August 2013 death of a 4-year-old boy from Mississippi who was visiting a home in St. Bernard Parish. A total of 32 infections linked to the amoeba were reported in the United States between 2001 and 2010.

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