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    Exclamation Amoeba blamed for swimming death in Florida

    ORLANDO, Fla (Reuters) - A dangerous amoeba that thrives in warm, freshwater bodies in the heat of summer caused the recent death of a 16-year-old Central Florida girl, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control confirmed on Monday.


    Courtney Nash died Saturday, 10 days after she, her brother and four friends went swimming August 3 in the St. Johns River on Florida's east coast, her uncle, Thomas Uzel, said at a news conference.


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    May she RIP and may the Lord comfort her family. I hope everyone who swims in such areas are extra careful!



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    Wow, so sad! RIP little one!
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    Oh, this is so sad. RIP little one.


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    I grew up far further south in Florida, where the water is probably warmer than 80 degrees most of the year, and the rule was "no swimming in fresh water" ever.

    I think I see why. What a shame.


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    This happens almost every year! So sad.
    We live near silver springs in FL and that's the ONLY water I would let my son swim in besides a pool (in the summer)
    My heart goes out to the family. So sudden and unexpected after a day of fun with friends and family....
    It's just MOO. I could be wrong. Wouldn't be the first time and it surely won't be the last!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deelytful1 View Post
    This happens almost every year! So sad.
    We live near silver springs in FL and that's the ONLY water I would let my son swim in besides a pool (in the summer)
    My heart goes out to the family. So sudden and unexpected after a day of fun with friends and family....
    I lived briefly in North Florida as well. I assume the springs are safer because the water stays so much colder.

    I remember it being a rare thing for the temperature to top 100 in the state, but my aunt in Orlando says they've had numerous days over 100 this summer.

    ETA I don't see how you can stop kids from playing and stirring up the bottom while swimming. Your solution--no swimming in fresh water (except for the springs) in the summer--seems the only answer.


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    I have honestly never heard of this in my whole life .
    16 years old - how sad
    I would never swim in anything but a pool in Florida . I am terrifed of the thought of alligators
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    I posted before how I had never seen this -
    so what happens ?
    I read this today !
    There has been another death from the same thing !
    Poor little guy
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    Looks to be three people now: http://news.yahoo.com/3-die-rare-bra...001505888.html

    I had never heard of this before either and it's freaking me out.

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    Oh my lord. The mother of one of the victims a nine year old boy was on CNN today over the telephone and I didn't hear what all she said but I had walked into the room with a laundry basket and sat down as she was talking

    I bawled like a baby listening to her talk about her sons illness and death. That just slayed me. Christian Alexander Strickland . Beautiful child.

    I've heard about this before. http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/naegleria/

    It *usually* happens when someone is diving or pushing their face under the body of water hard KWIM? That forces the parasite up the nose.
    Rare but deadly.

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    The case in Louisiana was due to the man's water in his water heater having the amoeba in it. They said on my local news that is not that unusual.
    Ok, great to know.

    But they said the reason he was infected with the amoeba is because he put the water directly into his deep sinus area with a Netty Pot (sp???)

    So, when he poured the water down his nose, the amoeba reached an area that water would normally never reach.

    They said if he had not used the sinus draining pot, he most likely would never have been infected with the amoeba.

    (This is going from memory from this morning's news... www.wafb.com most likely)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimberlyd125 View Post
    The case in Louisiana was due to the man's water in his water heater having the amoeba in it. They said on my local news that is not that unusual.
    Ok, great to know.

    But they said the reason he was infected with the amoeba is because he put the water directly into his deep sinus area with a Netty Pot (sp???)

    So, when he poured the water down his nose, the amoeba reached an area that water would normally never reach.

    They said if he had not used the sinus draining pot, he most likely would never have been infected with the amoeba.

    (This is going from memory from this morning's news... www.wafb.com most likely)

    Very sad.
    Those pots aren't some quack cure. Specialists recommend them for people with chronic sinusitis. (Not that you said otherwise, kimberly. I'm just pointing this out for people who don't know.)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nova View Post
    Those pots aren't some quack cure. Specialists recommend them for people with chronic sinusitis. (Not that you said otherwise, kimberly. I'm just pointing this out for people who don't know.)
    I know. I've always wanted to try one. I suffer with sinus crud a lot down here in good ole Louisiana.

    But I wonder if people should be told to use something else besides tap water now that we know this can happen.

    Saline? Bottled water?

    I know my local Walgreens sells Netty Pot solution right next to the pots. So, maybe people should be told to use that instead of tap water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimberlyd125 View Post
    I know. I've always wanted to try one. I suffer with sinus crud a lot down here in good ole Louisiana.

    But I wonder if people should be told to use something else besides tap water now that we know this can happen.

    Saline? Bottled water?

    I know my local Walgreens sells Netty Pot solution right next to the pots. So, maybe people should be told to use that instead of tap water.
    That's probably not a bad idea (and not just because of this particular amoeba). Of course one would have to heat the water. When I had a problem, I just used hot tap water, combined with shampoo, salt and baking soda.

    Do you know, is that not enough to kill this amoeba?

    (I also used a squeeze bulb rather than a pot, but I don't see how that makes things better if the amoeba is in the water.)


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    I've never heard of this either. I'm shocked.


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