Young boy dies of rare disease, may have been contracted while swimming

Jack Ariola Erenberg

UPDATED A nine-year-old boy, who had been a student at Jacobson Elementary in Rush City last year, has died due to a rare disease called ameboic meningoencephalitis,  a lethal and incurable brain infection caused by a microorganism found in the water.

Officials believe he contracted it while swimming at Lily Lake in Stillwater last week.

The lake was closed to swimming by officials Tuesday afternoon of this week.

The boy, Jack Erenberg, quickly became ill as the family traveled up north later in the week and got progressively worse. It has been reported that assistant state epidemiologist Rich Danila said all the cases he has known of this rare disease resulted in death.

A Memorial Fund has been established at Unity Bank, 1180 W 4th St, Rush City, MN 55069, to help the family with funeral expenses.

UPDATE: Funeral arrangements

Visitation will be held 4-8 p.m. on Friday, August 10 at Roberts Family Funeral Home, 555 Centennial Dr. SW, Forest Lake.

A funeral service will be held  11 a.m. Saturday, August 11 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 9185 Lexington Ave. No., Circle Pines, Minn., with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. until time of service.

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