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Deadly brain amoeba infects US tap water for the first time
NBC News Health ^ | September 16, 2013 | Maggie Fox

Posted on 09/20/2013 5:48:56 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

A deadly brain amoeba that’s killed two boys this year has been found in a U.S. drinking water supply system for the first time, officials said Monday -- in a New Orleans-area system.

The Naegleria fowleri parasite killed a 4-year-old Mississippi boy who likely got it playing on a back yard Slip 'N Slide, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials say. Tests show it’s present throughout the water supply system in St. Bernard Parish, directly southeast of New Orleans.

“We have never seen Naegleria colonizing a treated water supply before,” said Dr. Michael Beach, head of water safety for the CDC. “From a U.S. perspective this is a unique situation.”

N. fowleri is a heat-loving amoeba that’s usually harmless, unless it gets up someone’s nose. It’s not entirely clear how or why, but in rare instances it can attach to one of the nerves that takes smell signals to the brain. There, the amoeba reproduces and the brain swelling and infection that follows is almost always deadly.

It killed a Miami-area boy last month -- 12-year-old Zachary Reyna -- and a 12-year-old Arkansas girl, Kali Hardig, is recovering slowly after an unusual experimental treatment.

N. fowleri is usually found in warm, fresh waters all over the world. It’s been seen in hot springs and swimming holes, freshwater lakes and even in neti pots used to clean out sinuses. Incomplete disinfection probably allowed it to thrive in St. Bernard, which has its own independent water system, Beach says.....

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: amoeba; disease; infection; louisiana; outbreak; water; watersupply

1 posted on 09/20/2013 5:48:56 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obiwan says I have nothing to worry about.


2 posted on 09/20/2013 5:51:21 PM PDT by bigheadfred (INFIDEL)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That is scary.

I remember back in the late 50s my brother had amoebas in his stomach. They were able to treat it tho.


3 posted on 09/20/2013 5:55:51 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
And he stresses that water is safe to drink and bathe in even if it’s contaminated. Stomach acid appears to kill the amoeba, and people can protect themselves by not snorting water up their noses, or not allowing it to be forced up the nose.

Isee a future "Law & Order SVU" in this.

4 posted on 09/20/2013 5:58:42 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

BookMark


5 posted on 09/20/2013 5:59:06 PM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: bigheadfred

If this had occured during the Bush years, it would be front page news and complaints about not funding the EPA.


6 posted on 09/20/2013 5:59:26 PM PDT by staytrue
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To: yarddog

“I remember back in the late 50s my brother had amoebas in his stomach. “
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Probably as in “Amoebic Dysentery”


7 posted on 09/20/2013 6:00:01 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Per FOX 8 news out of New Orleans, LOW to NO levels of chlorine found throughout St. Bernard parish, parish where it happened.

Incompetence and/or corruption, my opinion.

8 posted on 09/20/2013 6:00:40 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz......Nuff said.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That explains alot.


9 posted on 09/20/2013 6:00:52 PM PDT by DeWalt
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To: staytrue

It is still Bush’s fault though.


10 posted on 09/20/2013 6:05:29 PM PDT by bigheadfred (INFIDEL)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Let me guess. It’s caused by global warming.


11 posted on 09/20/2013 6:06:55 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (From time to time the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots.)
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To: The Cajun

I used to work at a large Summer retreat in the N. C. mountains.

One day I happened upon the guy responsible for the water while he was testing a well. I helped him do something small and asked him about a small stream which came out of the mountains next to the rec area. I asked him if he had ever had the creek water tested.

He said he had and that it contained bacteria tho not so much that it was particularly dangerous. He said he would not drink it tho except in an emergency.

I asked him about the wells and he said there had always been zero bacteria or anything else dangerous in the wells. He said they treated it anyway just to be sure.


12 posted on 09/20/2013 6:18:27 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Lookin’ more and more like a third world country every day, thanks to the 0bama regime.


13 posted on 09/20/2013 7:04:15 PM PDT by FrdmLvr
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This is the actual amoeba. I added the googly eyes. Because why not?


14 posted on 09/20/2013 7:06:37 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (The best War on Terror News is at rantburg.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I sometimes wonder how many Major Hassan’s there are working in water purification plants across this country. he had a PhD. he was entrusted with a powerful position within our infrastructure. He despised Americans enough to start killing them without regard for his own life. just sayin’.


15 posted on 09/20/2013 7:14:33 PM PDT by RC one
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To: The Cajun

Democrats, Urban Democrats.


16 posted on 09/20/2013 7:15:36 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oddly enough, in the near future there might be an easy way around this. While chlorine is typically used as a water sanitizer, oxygen works just as well, and a new form of electrolysis may use a small current to produce enough oxygen to thoroughly sanitize water.

The US Olympic Swimming Team uses an oxygen sanitized pool because it has fewer negative effects than does chlorine.


17 posted on 09/20/2013 7:19:58 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (The best War on Terror News is at rantburg.com)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

I read several years ago that hospitals in France use Oxygen in the form of ozone to sanitize their laundry etc.


18 posted on 09/20/2013 7:22:21 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
God may have plans afoot to thin the herd.
19 posted on 09/20/2013 7:28:13 PM PDT by VideoDoctor
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Then there’s beer. It got humans through the 15,16,17,1800’s. And more :)


20 posted on 09/20/2013 7:33:23 PM PDT by MaxMax (If you're not pissed off, you're not paying attention)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

I think you mean Ozone, it’s a damn good oxidizer for organics.


21 posted on 09/20/2013 9:19:03 PM PDT by 5th MEB (Progressives in the open; --- FIRE FOR EFFECT!!)
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To: 5th MEB

“......brain amoeba infects US tap water”.....

So that’s whats wrong with odumbo and biden, they’re drinking the wrong Kool-aid.


22 posted on 09/21/2013 6:06:15 AM PDT by Progov
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To: 5th MEB

Ozone is probably too much of a good thing.

“Advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) can be employed whereby water contaminants are oxidized by one or more of four different precursors. These AOPs react with water to produce powerful oxidants such as hydroxyl radical (OH·), singlet oxygen (O) and molecular oxygen (O2).”

Ozone (O3) can harm lung function and irritate the respiratory system, as well as exacerbate asthma, bronchitis, heart attack, and other cardiopulmonary problems.


23 posted on 09/21/2013 6:42:55 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (The best War on Terror News is at rantburg.com)
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