Brain-eating amoeba is killing swimmers

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  1. richandfamous

    richandfamous New Member

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    the last fatality was a 14 yr old boy who swam in Lake Havasu. That is very close to me. The authorities decided that there was no need to panic and it is safe to swim in Lake Havasu...just plug your nose when you go in the water....oh my freekin gawd!

    ok, do we look that stupid?
     


  2. dingo

    dingo Former Member

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    CaliKid Former Member

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    It sounds as if this is limited to warm-water lakes. But I won't be swimming in one any time soon.
     
  4. Taximom

    Taximom Former Member

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    http://www.pe.com/localnews/murrieta/stories/PE_News_Local_C_rare21.4385bfd.html?npc
    Late last month, his family and friends finally got some answers. But the news was not good. Moore, 43, who is married and has three teenage children, is suffering from a rare and usually fatal parasitic meningoencephalitis caused by a brain-eating amoeba found in soil.
    "This has been a total nightmare," said his wife, Sherry Moore, 42. "He's very, very sick, and the prognosis just doesn't look good. At this point, we're all praying for a miracle. Our faith is what's getting us through." (much more plus pics at link)

    :(
     
  5. JBean

    JBean Retired WS Administrator

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    Holy moly. this is awful.
     
  6. lisag

    lisag Former Member

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    How sad!! Prayers for a miracle!
     
  7. philamena

    philamena Former Member

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    From Taximom's link:

    :eek: Makes one wonder how many undiagnosed cases there are.
    Prayers to Mr. Moore and his family.
     
  8. deanws

    deanws Former Member

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    WOW..UGG. This sounds like something out of a science fiction movie. :eek:
     
  9. pixies

    pixies Former Member

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    That poor man!
    Is nothing safe anymore?
     
  10. rosario_c

    rosario_c New Member

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    Oh, the tears...... my thought are with this family. They will forever have the support of there "firefighter families". I pray for Miracle.

    From the daughter of a retired Pomona firefighter...
     
  11. Dark Knight

    Dark Knight Well-Known Member

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    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.


    http://news.yahoo.com/amoeba-blamed-swimming-death-florida-222005527.html

    May she RIP and may the Lord comfort her family. I hope everyone who swims in such areas are extra careful!
     
  12. raysgirl1126

    raysgirl1126 Hampton Roads, Virginia

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    Wow, so sad! RIP little one!
     
  13. Beyond Belief

    Beyond Belief New Member

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    Oh, this is so sad. RIP little one.
     
  14. Nova

    Nova Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  15. deelytful1

    deelytful1 *~a mere mortal~*

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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....
     
  16. Nova

    Nova Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  17. Silkprint

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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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  19. Hopeful One

    Hopeful One Blessed are the cracked for they are the ones who

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  20. Kat

    Kat Kind words do not cost much

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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.

    http://www.lake.wateratlas.usf.edu/upload/documents/fact_sheetAmoebae.pdf
     

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