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YOUR CHOICE: SHARKS, GATORS, OR AMOEBAE?

How to Protect Yourself from Deadly [Brain-Eating] Amoebae

By Dr. Manny Alvarez

Published August 18, 2011
FoxNews.com

[Poster's Note: No, this is not an excerpt from Scrutney's latest zombie story!  But it could be.]

The summerís biggest health story reads like something out of a science fiction novel: A brain-eating amoeba that resides at the bottom of lakes and ponds, entering peopleís bodies through their nostrils and ultimately killing them.

So far, three people -Ė two children and one young adult -Ė have died after exposure to the amoeba, called Naegleria fowleri. Two of the deaths occurred after swimming in infested water, while one was an isolated case of exposure to contaminated tap water.

All three cases occurred over the past few weeks, each in different states, leading to widespread concern about the safety of swimming or water sports during the summer.

The truth is, this concern isnít entirely unwarranted. While Iím not trying to promote mass hysteria here, I do urge people to exercise a bit of caution before diving into any body of freshwater.

Itís not news that this summerís been a scorcher, especially down South and in the Midwest. The high temperatures have gone a long way in both heating up and shrinking the size of lakes and ponds.

This kind of environment, hot, shallow, stagnant water, is perfect for the single-celled amoeba to reproduce and thrive.

While the amoebae do not affect everyone who enters the water, for the few who are sensitive to the organisms, the consequences are nearly always fatal. The amoeba gets up the nose, burrows up into the skull and destroys brain tissue.

Over the next few days, the infected person exhibits signs and symptoms of meningitis, such as fever, headache and stiff neck, before falling into a coma and eventually dying.

This condition is rare, and there is no need for mass alarm. There have only been 120 reported cases in the United States since the amoeba was identified in 1960.

However, given the fatality rate of this condition -Ė only one person has ever survived -Ė I donít think it hurts to exercise some caution.

While the best prevention is obviously to avoid swimming in any body of freshwater to begin with, I realize this is an unrealistic expectation. I do recommend avoiding shallow water that has been thoroughly heated by the sun, all the way down to the bottom. Amoebae are less likely to be found in deeper water where you can feel that the temperature at the bottom is cooler than the top.

Also, make sure to plug your nose when jumping or diving into water and avoid excess splashing. These simple measures can all decrease the likelihood of amoebae entering the body.

Read more: http://www.askdrmanny.com/dr-mann...a-warrants-concern/#ixzz1VPpovbkT

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What about "the contaminated tap water"?   Shocked
bieramar

Details on the tap water death here: http://news.yahoo.com/brain-eatin...laims-third-victim-194900414.html
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bieramar wrote:
Details on the tap water death here: http://news.yahoo.com/brain-eatin...laims-third-victim-194900414.html


Thank you.  Had found it.  Perhaps others will be interested, too.
auntmartymoo

Dangit...I knew water (and exercise, probably) was bad for your health.

And who can really keep track of what's going to kill us?  I've stopped worrying about what might kill me...mostly because I'd need some sort of filing cabinet to keep track of all of it.  

And if predictions were anything close to accurate, I'm pretty sure that all the saccharin in the Tab I drank killed me sometime before I entered 9th grade.
coebul

We don't have those problems here.  The water never gets warm even let alone hot.  

The tap water is some of the best in the nation.  And our well water is tested annually and very pure.  

Being a Virginia boy I like my brother consume a great deal of sweet tea (splenda), at least 4 mason quart jars daily.  

I go to visit my parents in Florida and put water and tea bag in the micro wave and wait the 2.5 mins till ready.  I reach in to remove the brew and see this black foamy liquid, that smell terrible and tastes even worse.  

When I make the same brew here in the North West I get a brew that is dark Amber in color that smells and looks like fresh tea.  

Learning moment here folks!  Your water is not fit for consumption.  I wouldn't swim in it nor consume it.
bieramar

CDC FAQ here: http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/naegleria/faqs.html

Although snorting the bug up one's nose and then slowly dying as it eats your brain is about as likely as being hit by a piece of aerial flotsam or jetsam, the FAQs are worth reading.

No snorting - just say no!

I agree with your opines about Florida water, coebul, but no swimming pools, jacuzzis or hot tubs in your part of the great NW?
coebul

Of course we have pools, hot tubs, and jacuzzis here but we do keep them clean and treated with enough chemicals to prevent this plaque!

And the rivers are watermelon seed cold.
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coebul wrote:
Of course we have pools, hot tubs, and jacuzzis here but we do keep them clean and treated with enough chemicals to prevent this plaque!

And the rivers are watermelon seed cold.


Yeecccchhhh.  If it's not ocean water, filled with who knows what all the time, then it's tannic water, murky and brown and filled with cottonmouths, gators, half-eaten bodies, and worse.

There's a beautiful clear river in northwest or north-central Florida; can't recall the name right now, but up around White Spring (?).  Anyhow, HUGE tubing place!  Now, we used to go tubing in the Colorado River and some tributaries, so thought this might be a way cool thing to do here.

Floating away, plastic bottle filled with iced tea (Sweet 'n Low) and I look over my left shoulder to see a "pod" (or water-borne nest) of snakes floating along with the current.  This, to me, TYPIFIES FLORIDA.  You just can't trust it.  It's Hell, always been Hell, will always BE Hell.  I can't tell you what they were, but not rattlers or moccasins.  Likely a water snake, light juveniles, the pod writhing at about 2 ft in diameter.

Do you think some one could have said, "Behold, fellow tubers, snake pod en route!"  ???  NO.  Not a whisper.  Trust me, there ain't enough beer in those little coolers to cause those snakes to be invisible.  So, I gotta conclude Floridians LIKE to tube amongst snakes.  This state is one huge peninsula of out-patients.  I can prove it:  Rick Scott is the governor.

Rant over.

And I hate communal hot tubs.  OMG, the germs.  Not enough Clorox in the world!!!
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coebul wrote:
We don't have those problems here. †The water never gets warm even let alone hot. †

The tap water is some of the best in the nation. †And our well water is tested annually and very pure. †

Being a Virginia boy I like my brother consume a great deal of sweet tea (splenda), at least 4 mason quart jars daily. †

I go to visit my parents in Florida and put water and tea bag in the micro wave and wait the 2.5 mins till ready. †I reach in to remove the brew and see this black foamy liquid, that smell terrible and tastes even worse. †

When I make the same brew here in the North West I get a brew that is dark Amber in color that smells and looks like fresh tea. †

Learning moment here folks! †Your water is not fit for consumption. †I wouldn't swim in it nor consume it.


We have Pur filters on the kitchen faucet (flip a switch and it doesn't filter, so you can do the dishes, etc., without wasting the filter cartridge) and hoooked up to the water dispenser on the refrigerator.  Provides a glass or mug of fairly good-tasting water.  Don't believe in buying bottled water.  All that plastic, even if it's recyclable.  Plastic isn't healthy.

If you had some sun up there, Coebul, you could brew sun tea.  Glass gallon container, tea bags to taste, set in sun until done.  Brews clear and clean.

I have a quart-size Mason jar and use as a glass, too!  I am semi-Southern, y'know!   Very Happy  Took to that in Arizona.  Important to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
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auntmartymoo wrote:
Dangit...I knew water (and exercise, probably) was bad for your health.

And who can really keep track of what's going to kill us?  I've stopped worrying about what might kill me...mostly because I'd need some sort of filing cabinet to keep track of all of it.

And if predictions were anything close to accurate, I'm pretty sure that all the saccharin in the Tab I drank killed me sometime before I entered 9th grade.


LMAO, AMM!  Agreed!  My "Favorites" runneth over!  Esp. "Germy Stuff" and "Kill You Stuff" categories!

Was a time when Tab (I love it!!!) was difficult to find here.  Then Ann(e) Heyman (the unretired one at The SA Record) wrote a column about it--and soon it was being stocked in Publix and Winn-Dixie.  Still is.

But, the sad thing about "dark" sodas or pop or soft drinks, is that it isn't good for the old kidneys, esp. if one has a kidney condition or a condition that could lead in time to a kidney condition.  I've had to give up Diet Pepsi Free.  Am over it, now.

Don't drink much soda anymore except for plain seltzer flavored with sugar-free Italian-style syrups.  Nothing like a hazlenut soda... except a raspberry soda!
scrutney

coebul wrote:
Your water is not fit for consumption.  I wouldn't swim in it nor consume it.


water?... fish f**k in it ~ w.c. fields
coebul

scrutney wrote:
coebul wrote:
Your water is not fit for consumption. †I wouldn't swim in it nor consume it.


water?... fish f**k in it ~ w.c. fields
Not to pick a nit but my water is from a drilled well more then 300 feet deep.  There are no fish down there.
scrutney

coebul wrote:
scrutney wrote:
coebul wrote:
Your water is not fit for consumption. †I wouldn't swim in it nor consume it.


water?... fish f**k in it ~ w.c. fields
Not to pick a nit but my water is from a drilled well more then 300 feet deep. †There are no fish down there.


my gut hunch is that the amazing mr. dukenfield was speaking generally about water as a beverage...my thoughts echo his.

"soome s.o.b. stole the cork out of my lunch" ~ w.c. fields

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