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If You Thought It Was Ok To Get In The Water...

Sat Sep 29, 2007 11:04 am

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/

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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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RE: If You Thought It Was Ok To Get In The Water...

Sat Sep 29, 2007 12:12 pm

Oh shit...

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RE: If You Thought It Was Ok To Get In The Water...

Sat Sep 29, 2007 12:27 pm

That's some nasty amoeba! Certainly not the kind of thing you want to spread  Wow!
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RE: If You Thought It Was Ok To Get In The Water...

Sat Sep 29, 2007 12:55 pm

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.
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RE: If You Thought It Was Ok To Get In The Water...

Sat Sep 29, 2007 2:07 pm

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.

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RE: If You Thought It Was Ok To Get In The Water...

Sat Sep 29, 2007 2:20 pm

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...
 
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RE: If You Thought It Was Ok To Get In The Water...

Sat Sep 29, 2007 4:14 pm

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
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RE: If You Thought It Was Ok To Get In The Water...

Sat Sep 29, 2007 5:22 pm

Reminds me about those bugs in "The Mummy".
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RE: If You Thought It Was Ok To Get In The Water...

Sat Sep 29, 2007 9:39 pm

1. Don't swim in lakes.
2. If you must violate rule one, use nose plugs and ear plugs..
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RE: If You Thought It Was Ok To Get In The Water...

Sat Sep 29, 2007 10:40 pm

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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RE: If You Thought It Was Ok To Get In The Water...

Sat Sep 29, 2007 10:40 pm

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?

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RE: If You Thought It Was Ok To Get In The Water...

Sat Sep 29, 2007 10:51 pm

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...
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kiwiandrew

RE: If You Thought It Was Ok To Get In The Water...

Sat Sep 29, 2007 10:55 pm

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

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RE: If You Thought It Was Ok To Get In The Water...

Sat Sep 29, 2007 11:38 pm

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.
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RE: If You Thought It Was Ok To Get In The Water...

Sat Sep 29, 2007 11:41 pm

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 13):

Why would he care

Couldn't the company be sued?

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RE: If You Thought It Was Ok To Get In The Water...

Sun Sep 30, 2007 12:55 pm

thats why i dont go swimming in lakes that arent chlorine treated....
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RE: If You Thought It Was Ok To Get In The Water...

Sun Sep 30, 2007 1:01 pm

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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