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(CNN)   Amoeba found guilty of murdering young girl, to spend life in single cell   (cnn.com) divider line 56
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2014-07-16 08:42:18 AM  
Murder most fowleri?
 
2014-07-16 08:57:06 AM  
solitary cell, subby.
 
2014-07-16 09:07:42 AM  
Go amoebas!!! Keep it up!!!
 
2014-07-16 09:07:59 AM  
Brilliant, subby!
 
2014-07-16 09:11:05 AM  
 
2014-07-16 09:11:15 AM  

lindseyp: solitary cell, subby.


not sure if rotsky
 
2014-07-16 09:14:29 AM  
yuck, wonder how many are exposed to this but never get ill.

/scary shyt.
//poor girl
///terrible way to go
 
2014-07-16 09:16:03 AM  
This bug only lives in fresh standing water, not in fast moving rivers, heavily polluted water, or the ocean around a strong riptide. So please plan your vacation accordingly.
 
2014-07-16 09:16:24 AM  
"Her life was taken by a rare amoeba organism that grows in many different fresh water settings. We want you to know this tragic event is very, very rare, and this is not something to become fearful about."

That is a hell of a statement by the family.  I feel for their loss and respect their strength and courage.
 
2014-07-16 09:19:08 AM  
Where I grew up, freshwater is only good for mosquitoes and alligators.

I'll take my chances with the sharks.
 
2014-07-16 09:19:54 AM  
We just have to see at least one OMFG! news article about Naegleria fowleri every summer, even though only about 30 cases per year are reported in the US.
 
2014-07-16 09:20:59 AM  
cdn.arstechnica.net

/so very sorry. Window seat.
 
2014-07-16 09:24:49 AM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-07-16 09:25:49 AM  
This guy's already seen it once, so he would have figured out her ailment and cured her right away:

img3.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2014-07-16 09:26:17 AM  
so close
 
2014-07-16 09:29:21 AM  

Serious Black: This guy's already seen it once, so he would have figured out her ailment and cured her right away:

[img3.wikia.nocookie.net image 850x637]


It would have been lupus, and we'd have had to deal with his pill-induced grumpiness through the entire episode.
 
2014-07-16 09:33:37 AM  
blogs.ei.columbia.edu

It has his amoebas in it.
 
2014-07-16 09:37:32 AM  
Osmosis amoebas!
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-07-16 09:43:47 AM  
"The cases are often reported in the summer, when more swimmers take a dip in fresh water."

Ya think?
 
2014-07-16 09:49:44 AM  
I want to do things (nasty things) to this headline.
 
2014-07-16 09:50:18 AM  
Well done, subs

gifatron.com
 
2014-07-16 09:51:55 AM  

AngryDragon: "Her life was taken by a rare amoeba organism that grows in many different fresh water settings. We want you to know this tragic event is very, very rare, and this is not something to become fearful about."

That is a hell of a statement by the family.  I feel for their loss and respect their strength and courage.


Indeed. Nice to see a rational and calm response to a tragic loss, as opposed to a PR blitz of blame-externalization, lawsuits, and a crusade for new laws, regulations, and prohibitions that usually eminates from a family when one of their family members Dawin's themselves.

/yes, I know she didn't Darwin herself
//still nice to not be subjected to melodramatic appeals to ban water
 
2014-07-16 09:52:37 AM  

hardinparamedic: Serious Black: This guy's already seen it once, so he would have figured out her ailment and cured her right away:

[img3.wikia.nocookie.net image 850x637]

It would have been lupus, and we'd have had to deal with his pill-induced grumpiness through the entire episode.


37.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-07-16 10:12:30 AM  
slow clap, subby.

Also - why in these stories can't I find which bodies of water she'd been to?  It's a little important being a Kansas resident and all...
 
2014-07-16 10:16:29 AM  

JackieRabbit: We just have to see at least one OMFG! news article about Naegleria fowleri every summer, even though only about 30 cases per year are reported in the US.


Far fewer than that. It's around 120 over the past 75 years
 
2014-07-16 10:17:49 AM  

walkerhound: slow clap, subby.

Also - why in these stories can't I find which bodies of water she'd been to?  It's a little important being a Kansas resident and all...


It is pretty much in all bodies of water.  You basically run into problems if you get a nose full of lakewater such as falling off water skis the wrong way.
 
2014-07-16 10:22:41 AM  

walkerhound: slow clap, subby.

Also - why in these stories can't I find which bodies of water she'd been to?  It's a little important being a Kansas resident and all...


My guess would be they're in the Kansas City area since she's from Spring Hill, but as TheGreatGazoo pointed out, the amoeba is pretty much everywhere in bodies of fresh water. The infection just happens so rarely that we don't think about it.
 
2014-07-16 10:31:36 AM  
How come we never heard of brain-eating amoebas killing kids who went to swimming holes in the 1930's? Are the bugs getting stronger or are we getting weaker?
 
2014-07-16 10:32:06 AM  

TV's Vinnie: Are the bugs getting stronger or are we getting weaker?


Yes.
 
2014-07-16 10:36:41 AM  

TV's Vinnie: How come we never heard of brain-eating amoebas killing kids who went to swimming holes in the 1930's? Are the bugs getting stronger or are we getting weaker?


They did. It wasn't until 1965 that positive diagnosis could be made, so past mystery cases had to be reviewed. It would've been given some kind of encephalitis note.

Also climate change is warming bodies of water. The amoeba grows in warmth.
 
2014-07-16 10:47:33 AM  

TheDirtyNacho: JackieRabbit: We just have to see at least one OMFG! news article about Naegleria fowleri every summer, even though only about 30 cases per year are reported in the US.

Far fewer than that. It's around 120 over the past 75 years


My source - Wikipedia - was wrong. According to the CDC, there have been 132 cases reported since 1962, with Florida and Texas reporting the most cases.
 
2014-07-16 10:52:47 AM  

JackieRabbit: According to the CDC, there have been 132 cases reported since 1962, with Florida and Texas reporting the most cases.


Moral of the story: Don't swim in stagnant water.
 
2014-07-16 10:54:38 AM  
Life in a single cell? They eventually split.
 
2014-07-16 10:55:54 AM  

BigLuca: This bug only lives in fresh standing water, not in fast moving rivers, heavily polluted water, or the ocean around a strong riptide. So please plan your vacation accordingly.


If only she had not been skiiing while standing.
 
2014-07-16 11:02:29 AM  
Well, at least in Kansas,
it Can't evolve into something worse.
 
2014-07-16 11:12:31 AM  

hardinparamedic: JackieRabbit: According to the CDC, there have been 132 cases reported since 1962, with Florida and Texas reporting the most cases.

Moral of the story: Don't swim in stagnant water.


The water doesn't necessarily need to be stagnant. Just realize that you have a risk of dying from the flu that is about 40 orders of magnitude higher than dying from this parasite.
 
2014-07-16 11:13:50 AM  

Serious Black: This guy's already seen it once, so he would have figured out her ailment and cured her right away:


That episode pissed me off, since everything about the medicine in it was wrong
- nobody ever gets it from their ventilation system
- it generally goes up the nose by directly bathing in the affected pond
- it's practically a death sentence, and nobody really knows how to treat it, just recommended regimens on which people seem to occasionally survive
 
2014-07-16 11:14:54 AM  

Larva Lump: Life in a single cell? They eventually split.

Are you saying my studio apartment ruined my last three marriages?
 
2014-07-16 11:29:53 AM  

lake_huron: Serious Black: This guy's already seen it once, so he would have figured out her ailment and cured her right away:

That episode pissed me off, since everything about the medicine in it was wrong
- nobody ever gets it from their ventilation system
- it generally goes up the nose by directly bathing in the affected pond
- it's practically a death sentence, and nobody really knows how to treat it, just recommended regimens on which people seem to occasionally survive


Didn't you just describe Legionaries Disease with the ventilation system?
 
2014-07-16 11:35:07 AM  
"Her life was taken by a rare amoeba organism that grows in many different fresh water settings. We want you to know this tragic event is very, very rare, and this is not something to become fearful about."

Break out the Chlorine! She was in four different bodies of water, there are your targets. KILL THEM ALL, make it even more rare.

/Oh, and don't pee in the lake anymore.
 
2014-07-16 11:35:08 AM  
Brain eating amoeba, huh? I'm willing to bet at least 90% of Americans are infected.
 
2014-07-16 11:38:18 AM  
Bastards...
th05.deviantart.net
 
2014-07-16 11:49:28 AM  

TheGreatGazoo: It is pretty much in all bodies of water.  You basically run into problems if you get a nose full of lakewater such as falling off water skis the wrong way.


Serious Black: My guess would be they're in the Kansas City area since she's from Spring Hill, but as TheGreatGazoo pointed out, the amoeba is pretty much everywhere in bodies of fresh water. The infection just happens so rarely that we don't think about it.


Not everywhere - it's geographically limited but I get your point.  It would still be nice to know where they think she got it, but I imagine they don't want to unnecessarily freak out the populace.

Also - it must have to be a traumatic introduction to create an infection, like a water-skiing crash.

/off to do some reading, as an infectious disease specialist this is good information to have...
 
2014-07-16 11:50:31 AM  

walkerhound: /off to do some reading, as an infectious disease specialist this is good information to have...


Try to tag  lake_huron for a consult, he's an Infectious Disease MD by trade.

Also an awesome guy.
 
2014-07-16 11:55:02 AM  
Sure, pools are chlorinated and stuff, but you're virtually certain to eventually get your intestines sucked out through your asshole by the filter pumps...I'll take my chances with the amoebas ('amoebae'?)...
 
2014-07-16 12:01:47 PM  
Amoeba shows up here on FARK:

"Hey Guys!  What's going on in this head?"
 
2014-07-16 12:07:18 PM  

hardinparamedic: walkerhound: /off to do some reading, as an infectious disease specialist this is good information to have...

Try to tag  lake_huron for a consult, he's an Infectious Disease MD by trade.

Also an awesome guy.


Just printed this off...
 
2014-07-16 12:07:53 PM  

walkerhound: hardinparamedic: walkerhound: /off to do some reading, as an infectious disease specialist this is good information to have...

Try to tag  lake_huron for a consult, he's an Infectious Disease MD by trade.

Also an awesome guy.

Just printed this off...


http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23621053
 
2014-07-16 12:28:26 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

I hear those things could take out an entire ship.
 
2014-07-16 12:55:15 PM  
First the happy face amoeba, now this?
 
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