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  • Deadly brain amoeba infects US tap water for the first time

    09/20/2013 5:48:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    NBC News Health ^ | September 16, 2013 | Maggie Fox
    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...
  • Boy infected with rare brain-eating amoeba in Florida

    08/13/2013 10:26:03 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | 11:53 AM EDT, Tue August 13, 2013 | Jen Christensen,
    The new patient is 12-year-old Zachary Reyna, his family told CNN affiliate WBBH. A spokesperson for the Hendry-Glades Health Department in LaBelle, Florida, said that the department wouldn't release the age or name of the infected person for privacy reasons. Reyna's family told WBBH that Reyna was kneeboarding with friends in a water filled ditch by his house on August 3. He slept the entire next day. His family told WBBH that Reyna was an active and healthy seventh grader, so sleeping that much was unusual. His mother took him to the hospital immediately. He underwent brain surgery and doctors...
  • 9-year-old dies from brain infection caused by amoeba

    08/09/2012 11:50:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    FoxNews ^ | August 09, 2012
    <p>STILLWATER, Minn. – Health officials have closed Lily Lake to swimmers until further notice while the Minnesota Department of Health investigates the death of a boy who appears to have died from a rare form of meningitis caused by an amoeba found in warm freshwater.</p>
  • Giant Amoebas Discovered in Deepest Ocean Trench

    10/21/2011 9:39:48 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 56 replies
    Gigantic amoebas have been found in the Mariana Trench, the deepest region on Earth. During a July 2011 voyage to the Pacific Ocean chasm, researchers with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and National Geographic engineers deployed untethered landers, called dropcams, equipped with digital video and lights to explore the largely mysterious region of the deep sea. The team documented the deepest known existence of xenophyophores, single-celled animals exclusively found in deep-sea environments. Xenophyophores are noteworthy for their size, with individual cells often exceeding 4 inches (10 centimeters), their extreme abundance on the seafloor and their role as...
  • Brain-eating amoeba claims fourth victim who picked up parasite after swimming in lake

    09/11/2011 6:34:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 45 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11th September 2011
    A Kansas resident died this week from what was likely a rare infection by a brain-eating amoeba - the fourth such case in the U.S. this year. State and local officials warned residents to avoid activities in warm rivers, lakes and other bodies of heated, fresh water, including ponds near power plants. Single deaths from such infections also have been reported this summer in Florida, Louisiana and Virginia. ... Naegleria fowleri moves into the body through the nose and destroys brain tissue. It almost always causes meningitis Symptoms of an infection include headache, fever, nausea and vomiting, stiff neck, confusion,...
  • 3 die of rare brain infection from amoeba in water

    08/18/2011 10:00:52 AM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | Aug 18, 2011 | MIKE STOBBE
    The third case, in Louisiana, was more unusual. It was a young man whose death in June was traced to the tap water he used in a device called a neti pot. It's a small teapot-shaped container used to rinse out the nose and sinuses with salt water to relieve allergies, colds and sinus trouble. Health officials later found the amoeba in the home's water system. The problem was confined to the house; it wasn't found in city water samples, said Dr. Raoult Ratard, Louisiana's state epidemiologist. The young man, who was only identified as in his 20s and from...
  • 6 die from brain-eating amoeba in lakes

    09/28/2007 10:11:28 PM PDT · by Santa Fe_Conservative · 50 replies · 1,815+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 9/28/07 | CHRIS KAHN
    PHOENIX - It sounds like science fiction but it's true: A killer amoeba living in lakes enters the body through the nose and attacks the brain where it feeds until you die. Even though encounters with the microscopic bug are extraordinarily rare, it's killed six boys and young men this year. The spike in cases has health officials concerned, and they are predicting more cases in the future. "This is definitely something we need to track," said Michael Beach, a specialist in recreational waterborne illnesses for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "This is a heat-loving amoeba. As water...
  • Filing near for reactor in Louisa (VA North Anna)

    10/26/2007 11:24:27 AM PDT · by Canali · 7 replies · 105+ views
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | 10/26/07 | GREG EDWARDS
    MINERAL -- Federal officials are urging public involvement once Dominion Virginia Power applies for a license to build a third reactor at its North Anna Power Station in Louisa County. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission held a meeting in Mineral on Wednesday night to explain how it will review the application, expected next month.
  • Arizona Boy Dies Of Rare Infection

    09/27/2007 12:55:29 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies · 553+ views
    www.kpho.com ^ | 09/26/2007 | Staff
    PHOENIX -- 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. Aaron Evans died Sept. 17 of Naegleria fowleri, an organism doctors said he probably picked up a week before while swimming in the balmy shallows of Lake Havasu. According to the Centers For Disease Control, Naegleria infected 23 people from 1995 to 2004. This year health officials said they've noticed a spike in cases, with six Naegleria-related cases so far -- all of them...
  • Lake Havasu teen becomes sixth 2007 victim of brain-eating amoeba (NOT a joke)

    09/27/2007 5:06:32 AM PDT · by radar101 · 66 replies · 2,748+ views
    Examiner ^ | 27 SEPT 2007 | CHRIS KAHN
    It seemed like a headache, nothing more. But when pain killers and a trip to the emergency room didn't fix Aaron Evans, the 14-year-old asked his dad if he was going to die. "No, no," David Evans remembers saying. "We didn't know. And here I am: I come home and I'm burying him." What was bothering Aaron was an amoeba, a microscopic organism called Naegleria fowleri that attacks the body through the nasal cavity, quickly eating its way to the brain. The doctors said he probably picked it up a week before while swimming in the balmy shallows of Lake...
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  • Two Oklahoma Children Die From Infection

    08/05/2005 6:40:02 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 29 replies · 1,443+ views
    AP ^ | 8-5-05 | Anon
    Two children died Friday after being infected with a parasite associated with swimming in stagnant water, health officials said. The children, aged 9 and 7, died after being infected with Naegleria, an amoeba that lives in warm water and can cause a deadly inflammation of the brain, the Tulsa Health Department said. The boys, who live in the Tulsa area, came to doctors with symptoms of fever, hallucinations and headaches, health department spokesman Melanie Christian said. The boys did not know each other and appear to have contracted the disease independently. The 9-year-old died Friday morning. The 7-year-old succumbed about...