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Brain-eating amoeba' claims second victim this month

Posted by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 2:50 PM
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‘Brain-eating amoeba' claims second victim this month

By Zachary Roth

 

Senior National Affairs Reporter

 

By Zachary Roth | The Lookout - 2 hrs 33 mins ago

 

A parasite known as the "brain-eating amoeba" has claimed its second young American victim this month.

 

Christian Strickland, a 9-year-old from Henrico County in Virginia contracted an infection after visiting a fishing camp in his state. He died of meningitis on August 5.

 

This week, health department officials confirmed that the deadly amoeba--officially known as "Naegleria fowleri"--was to blame.

 

 "Sadly, we have had a Naegleria infection in Virginia this summer," Dr. Keri Hall of the Virginia Department of Health, told The Richmond Times-Dispatch. "It's important that people be aware of . . . safe swimming messages."

 

Earlier this month, Courtney Nash succumbed to the brain-eating amoeba after diving off a dock into the St. John's River at her grandmother's house in Florida.

 

According to her mother Patricia Nash, Courtney decided before her death to become an orgain donor. "I didn't get my miracle, but she has performed other miracles," Patricia told local station WESH. "If we can save other people's lives so they don't have to go through what I just went though, this could be a blessing in disguise."

 

Usually found in warm, stagnant water in freshwater lakes, ponds, and rivers, the parasite "enters the nasal passages ... and migrates to the olfactory nerves, eventually invading the brain," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It almost always causes meningitis. Symptoms include fever, nausea, stiff neck and a frontal headache.

 

Thirty-two infections of the parasite were reported in the U.S. between 2001 and 2010, CDC spokeswoman Christine Pearson told The Lookout, adding that infections are almost always deadly. That included two children in Phoenix who are thought to have contracted it through the domestic water supply in 2002.

 

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With light and love

by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 2:50 PM
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emmys.mommy
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 2:51 PM

I was just reading that.  Disturbing.

Mamacruz13
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 2:53 PM

And that is why I only swim in man made regularly cleaned pools... Or the ocean.

wickedfiress
by Ruby Member on Aug. 17, 2011 at 2:53 PM

:( Creepy.

You should post this in Current Events & Hot Topics!


It's amazing how people don't hold themselves to the standards they set for others.

beckygeiger
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 2:54 PM

we are in VAso thats scary that it is so close.

P.V.Hawkwind
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 2:54 PM
Crazy!! Glad dd never been to a lake. That is scary!
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Fawn80
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 2:55 PM

 

Quoting Mamacruz13:

And that is why I only swim in man made regularly cleaned pools... Or the ocean.

 This, and why we only drink bottled water. Our town's water supply is recirculated from a creek. Next to this creek is a runoff where our septics deposit, so it's all mixed in. Yech.

WhenInRome
by Silver Member on Aug. 17, 2011 at 2:57 PM
Poor kids. I learned about this parasite in my microbiology class and I haven't gone in any lakes since.
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wickedfiress
by Ruby Member on Aug. 17, 2011 at 2:57 PM


Quoting Fawn80:

 

Quoting Mamacruz13:

And that is why I only swim in man made regularly cleaned pools... Or the ocean.

 This, and why we only drink bottled water. Our town's water supply is recirculated from a creek. Next to this creek is a runoff where our septics deposit, so it's all mixed in. Yech.

Have you thought about getting a filter for your faucet? Save some money and bottles!

It's amazing how people don't hold themselves to the standards they set for others.

pigtail
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 2:58 PM


Quoting Fawn80:

 

Quoting Mamacruz13:

And that is why I only swim in man made regularly cleaned pools... Or the ocean.

 This, and why we only drink bottled water. Our town's water supply is recirculated from a creek. Next to this creek is a runoff where our septics deposit, so it's all mixed in. Yech.

Some bottled water companies just put water in the bottles from their local tap.

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