Thursday, September 27, 2007

Brain Ameoba

Arizona Boy Dies Of Rare Infection

A 14-year-old Lake Havasu boy has become the sixth victim to die nationwide this year of a microscopic organism that attacks the body through the nasal cavity, quickly eating its way to the brain.

The CDC says cases of Naegleria fowleri infection are spiking this year. In addition to the Arizona case, health officials reported two cases in Texas and three more in central Florida this year.

This is why I don't swim in lakes.


The Merry Widow said...

About 5-6 years ago we had some central Florida lakes closed because of amoebas and very warm waters.
It was a different infection(I believe)but nasty results.


Shover Robot said...

I won't be swimming In any Lakes either!

cube said...

tmw: I have read that Naegleria fowleri infections are lethal 97% of the time. It's rare, yes, but I've avoided lakes since I heard about the giant amoeba.

shover: I wasn't aware that robots did any swimming at all ;-)

Brooke said...

Holy smokes! And I used to go lake swimming all the time!

birdwoman said...

I always thought that leeches were the nastiest things in lakes.

I hate swimming in lakes.


Jay Noel said...

Also, the warmer winters aren't killing as much nasty you have higher populations of bacteria and such infecting people.

nanc said...

we prefer lakes to streams, rivers and the ocean.

in streams and rivers you have the possibility of breathing in animal waste from upstream; in the ocean you have the possibility of shark, stingray and jellyfish attacks.

when at all possible, i much prefer good, clean pools and then you also run the risk of certain maladies.

face it - we're just not 100% safe anymore.

of course, here in northern arkansas most of our lakes are in the top 10 cleanest lakes in the nation and have up to 30 feet visibility in most cases.

i don't think there's a need to be too alarmed given the statistics.

nanc said...

p.s. birdwoman - leeches are not as bad as one might think - they use them in the field of medicine and they'll usually only attach to where one has an open sore or cut - they are bacteria feeders which isn't all that bad...

The Merry Widow said...

Well, down here, even the Indian and Banana Rivers are more lagoon than river. They get quite warm in the summer, in fact you don't even want to get near them when it is hot and dry, the dying vegetation will drive you away with the smell! Plus since they are brackish water, the mother dolphins and bull sharks have their young in the you have jellyfish, young bull sharks, dolphin pods and wormy sheepshead and drum...not to mention water moccassins...
Good morning, G*D bless and Maranatha!


Dak-Ind said...

we have been following this with interest as my husband has friends with small children back in the Bartow/Lakeland area of Florida still. i am telling ya, one more reason why i am glad we are in Oregon adn not Florida. although i enjoyed our visit out in the spring, its cold here... ameoba in water would freeze to death.

scary stuff. stay safe!

cube said...

6 deaths so far this year is statistically a rare event. Most of the people who swim in lakes don't get infected.

Unless it's a really clear spring, I don't enjoy swimming in lakes. They're always so mucky.

You know what, just give me my chlorinated pool. I know it's clean & there are no creepy crawlies except for the RayVac.

Jamie Dawn said...

How very sad for a family to lose this boy due to such a rare thing.