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(TampaBay.com (St. Petersburg Tim)   Rare creature found in Florida, expected to starve   (tampabay.com) divider line
    More: Florida, Water, Naegleria fowleri, Primary amoebic meningoencephalitis, Hillsborough County, water body, Hillsborough County Health Department release, brain tissue damage, microscopic single-celled living amoeba  
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2020-07-04 8:08:16 AM  
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2020-07-04 9:33:27 AM  
Are we sure this isn't what is inside the minds of all people who are refusing to wear mask?
 
2020-07-04 9:37:17 AM  
Suddenly Florida Man makes sense.
 
2020-07-04 9:37:57 AM  

HighlanderRPI: [Fark user image image 320x218]


I already did.
 
2020-07-04 9:41:19 AM  
Brain-eating thingamajig?

>click<

Hmm... I was right!
 
2020-07-04 9:43:51 AM  
Water levels aren't lower in the summer in Florida.
The author is wrong.

She needs to do more research
 
2020-07-04 9:43:51 AM  
If you're dumb enough to swim near power plants and filthy freshwater ponds and rivers around this state, well, then a brain-eating amoeba can only help.
 
2020-07-04 9:45:01 AM  

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Damn, I was close!

New Theory:  The Brain Slugs evolved from Earth Amoeba and then went into space with the Space Farce.
 
2020-07-04 9:46:06 AM  
Pigs in Spaaaaaaaaaace!

Space Cauchons.  Star Trek and Star Wars are just Space Precinct writ large.
 
2020-07-04 9:46:19 AM  
Florida would be an excellent place of refuge during a zombie apocalypse.
 
2020-07-04 9:46:51 AM  
As a Floridian who's long heard of these cases, only a fool would go swimming in fresh water lakes, rivers, and especially ponds this time of year, save for some scattered springs that are usually safe. But Florida has never suffered a shortage of fools!
 
2020-07-04 9:53:43 AM  

Dodo David: Florida would be an excellent place of refuge during a zombie apocalypse.


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2020-07-04 9:55:37 AM  
I chuckled subby. Not bad.
 
2020-07-04 10:12:00 AM  

Bovine Diarrhea Virus: If you're dumb enough to swim near power plants and filthy freshwater ponds and rivers around this state, well, then a brain-eating amoeba can only starve


Although I think that goes for Florida in general
 
2020-07-04 10:23:46 AM  
So rare this article is rehashed and trotted out every year around this time.
 
2020-07-04 10:25:09 AM  
Well, we know one person who's safe...
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2020-07-04 10:30:28 AM  
This:

The amoeba is more common throughout the South.

Explains a lot of things.
 
2020-07-04 10:32:20 AM  
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2020-07-04 10:49:12 AM  
Ivory tower scientism comin' for muh freedoms!
I'll swim in any water I want!
 
2020-07-04 10:57:35 AM  
FTFA: "Potentially lethal"

Uhh, that's an overly gentle way of saying 97% fatality rate.
 
2020-07-04 11:15:57 AM  

EyeHaveRisen: Water levels aren't lower in the summer in Florida.
The author is wrong.

She needs to do more research


But the water IS warmer... so, who's wrong?

it's common in the south, according to TFA, but with the little brains available, they are self-limiting.

/ the south shall shoot itself in the foot, again
 
2020-07-04 11:23:13 AM  
...And since it *is* Florida we're talking about, Northeast and Central Florida are the Namib Desert when it comes to nutrients for those particular amoebae, and zombies. (Or just go down to Miami and get yourself a good Babalawo). :P
 
2020-07-04 11:31:29 AM  
Old news. Most folks here in Florida know now to venture into freshwater ponds or lakes. Rivers are different because of the moving water,

The man here must have a malignant form of the bacteria in his brain:

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2020-07-04 11:55:20 AM  
Yeah this stuff is everywhere, also found in hot springs around and in Yellowstone.  Folks swim in these springs all the time, yet no one out here has died or has gotten sick.

"Naegleria Fowleri Found in Grand Teton's Kelly Warm Springs"
 
2020-07-04 11:58:46 AM  

SoFlaNative52: Old news. Most folks here in Florida know now to venture into freshwater ponds or lakes. Rivers are different because of the moving water,

The man here must have a malignant form of the bacteria in his brain:

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Here,s an x-ray of me looking at his x-ray...
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2020-07-04 12:22:38 PM  
Why in the flying fark would they knowingly decline to report the name of the body of water where the incident occurred!
 
2020-07-04 12:47:48 PM  
This is actually a pretty big deal. These things have been getting gradually worse as climate change ramps up. When I was a child it was a rare occurrence for someone to die from this but it has become noticeably more frequent in the last 25+years. This thing is practically a death sentence and it won't take it becoming that much more prevalent for freshwater swimming in a lot of bodies to stop completely. Of course that means places like Blue Springs, ichetucknee, and Jennie Springs will fill up with all the folks trying to avoid certain death. It really is something they need to get under control.
 
2020-07-04 1:38:30 PM  
Heh - my first thought, before reading TFA, was "Why? Does it eat brains?"

Well done, Subby.
 
2020-07-04 1:39:25 PM  
Surely this has been around for years.
 
2020-07-04 1:41:19 PM  

Dahnkster: Why in the flying fark would they knowingly decline to report the name of the body of water where the incident occurred!


Dunno.  Maybe they figured if they went that route it would discourage folks from getting in any body of water thus keeping some folks out of infected bodies of water other than that particular known body?

Just a guess.
 
2020-07-04 2:14:28 PM  

Mikeyworld: EyeHaveRisen: Water levels aren't lower in the summer in Florida.
The author is wrong.

She needs to do more research

But the water IS warmer... so, who's wrong?

it's common in the south, according to TFA, but with the little brains available, they are self-limiting.

/ the south shall shoot itself in the foot, again


I'm right.   I said nothing about warm.
She's Half right.   The water is warm, but not LOWER

/perhaps all those visits to the doctor for pills when you have a runny nose wasn't such a good idea, /
//swam in warm water most of my life
///no amoeba problems
 
2020-07-04 2:35:45 PM  

EyeHaveRisen: Mikeyworld: EyeHaveRisen: Water levels aren't lower in the summer in Florida.
The author is wrong.

She needs to do more research

But the water IS warmer... so, who's wrong?

it's common in the south, according to TFA, but with the little brains available, they are self-limiting.

/ the south shall shoot itself in the foot, again

I'm right.   I said nothing about warm.
She's Half right.   The water is warm, but not LOWER

/perhaps all those visits to the doctor for pills when you have a runny nose wasn't such a good idea, /
//swam in warm water most of my life
///no amoeba problems


Not to belabor the point but, by yer own admission, youre not right; youre half-right. leaving out a part of the narrative doesn't make the author wrong. That's why said, "shoot themselves in the foot"; in the head wouldn't do any damage.
 
2020-07-04 5:02:16 PM  

EyeHaveRisen: Water levels aren't lower in the summer in Florida.
The author is wrong.

She needs to do more research


"Don't take the authors word for it, take my word for it!"
 
2020-07-04 5:04:40 PM  

169th Cousin: SoFlaNative52: Old news. Most folks here in Florida know now to venture into freshwater ponds or lakes. Rivers are different because of the moving water,

The man here must have a malignant form of the bacteria in his brain:

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Here,s an x-ray of me looking at his x-ray...
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And here is a map with the location of Camp X-Ray where he deserves to be permanently incarcerated!

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2020-07-04 6:41:11 PM  
Naegleria, please.
 
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