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If You Thought It Was Ok To Get In The Water...  
User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13554 posts, RR: 62
Posted (6 years 11 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2824 times:
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Sharks? So what! Piranha? Been there, done that, bought the t-shirt. Stingrays? Yawn.

How about a WATER-BORNE BRAIN EATING AMOEBA that lives in parts of Florida, Texas and Arizona?

Ok, you have my attention now...

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21034344/

(fair use excerpt)

6 die from brain-eating amoeba after swimming
Rare organism that lives in lakes entered victims’ bodies through the nose

PHOENIX - It sounds like science fiction but it’s true: A killer amoeba living in lakes enters the body through the nose and attacks the brain where it feeds until you die.

Even though encounters with the microscopic bug are extraordinarily rare, it’s killed six boys and young men this year. The spike in cases has health officials concerned, and they are predicting more cases in the future.

“This is definitely something we need to track,” said Michael Beach, a specialist in recreational waterborne illnesses for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

“This is a heat-loving amoeba. As water temperatures go up, it does better,” Beach said. “In future decades, as temperatures rise, we’d expect to see more cases.”

According to the CDC, the amoeba called Naegleria fowleri (nuh-GLEER-ee-uh FOWL’-erh-eye) killed 23 people in the United States, from 1995 to 2004. This year health officials noticed a spike with six cases — three in Florida, two in Texas and one in Arizona. The CDC knows of only several hundred cases worldwide since its discovery in Australia in the 1960s.

In Arizona, David Evans said nobody knew his son, Aaron, was infected with the amoeba until after the 14-year-old died on Sept. 17. At first, the teen seemed to be suffering from nothing more than a headache.

“We didn’t know,” Evans said. “And here I am: I come home and I’m burying him.”



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User currently offlineWestJetYQQ From Canada, joined Jan 2007, 2987 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2780 times:

Oh shit...

Glad I live in Canada  Smile



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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11645 posts, RR: 60
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2767 times:

That's some nasty amoeba! Certainly not the kind of thing you want to spread  Wow!


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User currently offlineFuturecaptain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2743 times:

I have a simple solution....

Don't go swimming in the lakes!!!

Problem solved.


Get a pool in the backyard. Get a beer, drink and swim with the comfort of your home a few steps away. And of course, no brain eating organisms in the filtered pool water.


User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2710 times:

Quoting EA CO AS (Thread starter):
Rare organism that lives in lakes entered victims’ bodies through the nose

That reminds me. Watch out for those Ceti eels. They can drive you nuts.



User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3621 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2703 times:

Quoting Futurecaptain (Reply 3):
Don't go swimming in the lakes!!!

Problem solved.

But how many people get killed by freak infections/accidents/illnesses in pools every year?

I got a wickid infection last year from a hot tub that hit me pretty hard. Hot tub foliculitus... pretty gross when you think about it. Bacterial infection of your hair foliciles due to people being "unclean" in the hot tub. Yuck. No more public hot tubs for me...


User currently offlineMaidensGator From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 945 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2660 times:

Quoting Futurecaptain (Reply 3):
I have a simple solution....

Don't go swimming in the lakes!!!

Problem solved.


Get a pool in the backyard. Get a beer, drink and swim with the comfort of your home a few steps away. And of course, no brain eating organisms in the filtered pool water.

Not so fast....

http://www.floridatoday.com/apps/pbc...0070924/BREAKINGNEWS/70924030/1086

$10M suit to be filed in amoeba death

Father says son contracted illness at C. Fla. apartment pool



The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.
User currently offlineTheCol From Canada, joined Jan 2007, 2039 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (6 years 11 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2644 times:

Reminds me about those bugs in "The Mummy".


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User currently offlineTPAnx From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1021 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 11 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2573 times:

1. Don't swim in lakes.
2. If you must violate rule one, use nose plugs and ear plugs..
TPAnx



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User currently offlineKiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8552 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (6 years 11 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2564 times:
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this has happened from time to time in New Zealand - a lot of the thermal streams there contain an amoeba which can multiply inside the brain and kill you , however , I have to say that it is a long time since I have heard of anyone dying of it - certain places in New Zealand do have signs warning you not to dive , or immerse your head for this very reason , however when you contrast the death toll from accidental drowning every year with the death toll from amoebic meningitis it is clear which is ( by far ) the greater risk


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User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8671 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (6 years 11 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2564 times:

Well, I know now to wear ear and nose plugs while swimming. I wonder if my apartment landlord knows about this? Also, how does this disease get into lakes and pools?

Hunter



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User currently offlineNZ747 From New Zealand, joined Dec 2004, 967 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (6 years 11 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2559 times:

Quoting Kiwiandrew (Reply 9):
this has happened from time to time in New Zealand - a lot of the thermal streams there contain an amoeba which can multiply inside the brain and kill you , however , I have to say that it is a long time since I have heard of anyone dying of it - certain places in New Zealand do have signs warning you not to dive , or immerse your head for this very reason , however when you contrast the death toll from accidental drowning every year with the death toll from amoebic meningitis it is clear which is ( by far ) the greater risk

And here I was reading the article thinking i'm glad New Zealand is free from this...
But oh shit really? You've scared me away from going to Hanmer Springs ever again, yikes!  scared 


User currently offlineKiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8552 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (6 years 11 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2558 times:
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a link to some information from the New Zealand Ministry of Health


http://www.moh.govt.nz/moh.nsf/pagesmh/4350?Open

apparently between 1968 and 2000 there were 9 documented deaths from amoebic meningitis in New Zealand - on contrast there would have been at least several hundred accidental drownings during that time - I am not trying to pretend there is no risk , just trying to keep it in proportion

http://www.teara.govt.nz/EarthSeaAnd...malEnergy/ThermalPoolsAndSpas/5/en



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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (6 years 11 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2530 times:

Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 10):
I wonder if my apartment landlord knows about this?

Why would he care?

Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 10):
Also, how does this disease get into lakes and pools?

This is just a guess, but based on its Latin name, I'd say ... Bird shit.


User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8671 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (6 years 11 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2530 times:

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 13):

Why would he care

Couldn't the company be sued?

Hunter



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User currently offlineLASOctoberB6 From Japan, joined Nov 2006, 2380 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (6 years 11 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2445 times:

thats why i dont go swimming in lakes that arent chlorine treated....


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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (6 years 11 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2439 times:

Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 14):
Couldn't the company be sued?

For you wearing nose and ear plugs? If anything, you could sue the company if they refuse to allow you swim WITH them.


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