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Girl Contracts Brain Eating Bug at Local Waterpark

Posted by on Jul. 29, 2013 at 7:17 PM
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Girl contracts brain eating amoeba after swimming at Arkansas water park


A 12-year-old Arkansas girl has contracted parasitic meningitis, a rare and deadly disease caused by a brain-eating amoeba, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Arkansas Department of Public Health.

This is the first known case of parasitic meningitis in years, according to Medical Daily. It is caused by the amoeba Naegleria fowleri and is typically found in freshwater or soil. It enters the human body through the nose, where it then moves to the brain, typically causing death.

The Christian Post reported that Kali Hardig was rushed to the hospital by her mother, Traci Hardig, a day after going swimming in a local lake.

"I couldn't get her fever down. She started vomiting," Hardig told the Christian Post. "She'd say her head hurt really bad. She cried, and she would just look at me and her eyes would just kind of roll."

Doctors put Kali into a coma, in order to stabilize her condition.
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gludwig2000
by Gina on Jul. 29, 2013 at 7:19 PM

 Oh that poor little girl and her family. I hope they have some way to fight this bug and help her.

Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Jul. 29, 2013 at 7:45 PM
This happened last year in Tx to kids swimming in lakes... :-/
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Aestas
by Gold Member on Jul. 29, 2013 at 7:50 PM
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Was it a water park or a lake? The article is kind of confusing on that point.

stormcris
by Christy on Jul. 29, 2013 at 7:53 PM

Can death be prevented in this sort of meningitis?

Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Jul. 29, 2013 at 7:59 PM
Both.

We have them here in TX too... It's a man made lake that they close off and turn into a "water park". They pit slides in the lake and trampolines and other things


Quoting Aestas:

Was it a water park or a lake? The article is kind of confusing on that point.

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Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Jul. 29, 2013 at 8:00 PM
I've never heard of anyone surviving :-(

Quoting stormcris:

Can death be prevented in this sort of meningitis?

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ihave1
by Member on Jul. 29, 2013 at 8:05 PM

That's why we dont do  public pools of any kind.   That poor girl, hope she pulls through this. 

Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Jul. 29, 2013 at 8:08 PM
It was a lake water park not a pool.

Quoting ihave1:

That's why we dont do  public pools of any kind.   That poor girl, hope she pulls through this. 

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ihave1
by Member on Jul. 29, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Well, we dont do those either.  

Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

It was a lake water park not a pool.

Quoting ihave1:

That's why we dont do  public pools of any kind.   That poor girl, hope she pulls through this. 


Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Jul. 29, 2013 at 8:11 PM
So you dot ever go swimming? LOL!

These amoebas live in freshwater of all kinds so lakes, rivers, streams, etc.


Quoting ihave1:

Well, we dont do those either.  

Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

It was a lake water park not a pool.



Quoting ihave1:

That's why we dont do  public pools of any kind.   That poor girl, hope she pulls through this. 


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