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BRAIN -EATING AMOEBA CLAIMS VICTIMS =0(

Posted by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 3:00 PM
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 http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/brain-eating-amoeba-claims-second-victim-month-161107259.html

‘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.

With light and love

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wickedfiress
by Kellie on Aug. 17, 2011 at 3:02 PM

:( This, is why I don't swim in water I can't see through... like a pool.

lightflash
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 3:17 PM

I'm glad I can't swim. I'd never swim in anything  but a pool anyway. Lakes are just nasty, full of sediment and all sorts of things.

celestegood
by Silver Member on Aug. 17, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Aww, poor babies.  How beautiful the mom of the 9 year old donated her daughters organs.  How selfless and wonderful of her.

At any rate, I can't swim and I refuse to get near a lake, or a river.  I am not overly fond of pools, either.

celestegood
by Silver Member on Aug. 17, 2011 at 3:21 PM

How sad :'(

Quoting wickedfiress:

http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/08/17/amoeba.kids.deaths/index.html?iref=allsearch

Three victims now. :(


Donna6503
by Platinum Member on Aug. 17, 2011 at 3:22 PM
Hey folks, major tea party taking place at a swimming river in Virginia! Glenn Beck, Ron Paul, and others are giving free swimming lessons. Please go, and dive headfirst into the river!
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Lunarprancer
by Silver Member on Aug. 17, 2011 at 3:25 PM

 

Quoting wickedfiress:

http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/08/17/amoeba.kids.deaths/index.html?iref=allsearch

Three victims now. :(

 Oh no.

With light and love

wickedfiress
by Kellie on Aug. 17, 2011 at 3:33 PM


Quoting Donna6503:

Hey folks, major tea party taking place at a swimming river in Virginia! Glenn Beck, Ron Paul, and others are giving free swimming lessons. Please go, and dive headfirst into the river!

 Call me uptight, but I don't think this is the right post for jokes.

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

ecagle
by Kegel on Aug. 18, 2011 at 3:44 PM

 

Quoting wickedfiress:

 

Quoting Donna6503:

Hey folks, major tea party taking place at a swimming river in Virginia! Glenn Beck, Ron Paul, and others are giving free swimming lessons. Please go, and dive headfirst into the river!

 Call me uptight, but I don't think this is the right post for jokes.

 Yeah, I agree :|

ecagle
by Kegel on Aug. 18, 2011 at 3:44 PM

 This is so sad :( I truly feel for the parents of these kids :(

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