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(CNN)   Amoeba found guilty of murdering young girl, to spend life in single cell   (cnn.com) divider line 10
    More: Scary, Kansas State University, hot springs, drinking water  
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5815 clicks; posted to Main » on 16 Jul 2014 at 9:05 AM (32 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-07-16 09:16:24 AM  
5 votes:
"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 08:42:18 AM  
4 votes:
Murder most fowleri?
2014-07-16 09:29:21 AM  
3 votes:

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

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It would have been lupus, and we'd have had to deal with his pill-induced grumpiness through the entire episode.
2014-07-16 09:14:29 AM  
2 votes:
yuck, wonder how many are exposed to this but never get ill.

/scary shyt.
//poor girl
///terrible way to go
2014-07-16 11:13:50 AM  
1 votes:

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 11:12:31 AM  
1 votes:

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 10:36:41 AM  
1 votes:

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 10:31:36 AM  
1 votes:
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 09:19:54 AM  
1 votes:
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 08:57:06 AM  
1 votes:
solitary cell, subby.
 
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