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    Brain EATING Amoebas - What you should know!

    So this is what it looks like...creepy...it looks like a very creepy looking mask :

    brain-eating-amoeba-water-park_69932_600x450.jpg

    I knew there was a flesh eating parasite...but I didn't know about this one....here is what you should know about them :

    How does this amoeba called Naegleria fowleri infect a human?

    Under certain conditions, Naegleria fowleri can develop flagella—threadlike structures that enable it to rapidly move around and look for more favorable conditions. When people swim in warm freshwater during the summer, water contaminated with the moving amoeba can be forced up the nose and into the brain.

    This causes headache, stiff neck, and vomiting, which progresses to more serious symptoms. Between exposure and onset, infection generally results in a coma and death after around five days.


    Where is it found?

    We see it in warm freshwater or in places with minimal chlorination. It is not uncommon to detect the amoeba if you sample freshwater in warm weather states.


    Can it live in swimming pools?

    There have been no evident cases of contamination in the United States in well-maintained, properly treated swimming pools. Filtration and chlorination or other types of disinfectant should reduce or eliminate the risk.

    But it does get a bit trickier—there was a case in Arizona about ten years ago where a kid swam in a pool filled with water from a geothermal hot water source before it was treated. Unfortunately, the kid became ill and died.


    Are cases of infection becoming more common?

    We don't have data that says infection from Naegleria fowleri is becoming more common. In the last few years there have been four to five cases per year.

    What has changed recently is that cases have appeared in places we had never seen before—like Minnesota, Indiana, and Kansas. This is evidence that the amoeba is moving farther north. In the past it was always found in warmer weather states.



    Why does the amoeba enter the nose of some people but not others?

    That is a very good question we don't know the answer to. Millions of people swim in these bodies of water every year and don't become ill. So it is difficult for us to say why one person would become ill and other people who swam in the same place and did the same activities did not. It certainly can affect anyone.


    What is the chance of survival?

    Since 1962, there have been 128 cases of Naegleria fowleri [infection] and only one survivor, not including the current case. Back in 1978, a patient survived after being treated with antibiotics. The same regimen has been tried unsuccessfully on other patients.


    How can people stay safe?

    If people want to reduce their risk of becoming infected—even though this is a rare event— the thing to think about is holding their nose shut or wearing nose clips when swimming in warm, untreated freshwater. Keep your head above water in hot springs or other thermally heated bodies of water, and during activities where water is forced up the nose, like water sports and diving.

    Another way to reduce the risk of infection is to avoid stirring up the sediment in lakes and ponds, where the amoeba may live.


    Source :
    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...mpaign=Content
    Aada Ganja...Poora Khabis...
    Nawaz Sharif...Shahbaz Sharif :D

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    I am glad I hate swimming lakes and ponds and rivers......it always creeps me out
    Aada Ganja...Poora Khabis...
    Nawaz Sharif...Shahbaz Sharif :D

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      #3
      Re: Brain EATING Amoebas - What you should know!

      eeks

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        Death in 5 days?! Jeebus!!

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          Re: Brain EATING Amoebas - What you should know!

          ^and I don't even want to imagine the pain it causes
          Aada Ganja...Poora Khabis...
          Nawaz Sharif...Shahbaz Sharif :D

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            #6
            Re: Brain EATING Amoebas - What you should know!

            The extreme Right would be safe. Is what I hear.
            Why isn't the Dividend story among the featured threads?

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              #7
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              This is horrific

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                #8
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                Shocked at it's face-like appearance!


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                  Originally posted by Southie View Post
                  The extreme Right would be safe. Is what I hear.
                  Stick to science..not political science!!!!
                  Aada Ganja...Poora Khabis...
                  Nawaz Sharif...Shahbaz Sharif :D

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                    #10
                    Re: Brain EATING Amoebas - What you should know!

                    OK, Madame sahiba.
                    Why isn't the Dividend story among the featured threads?

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                      #11
                      Re: Brain EATING Amoebas - What you should know!

                      It looks just like a face!
                      Just because you have an avocado .................doesn't mean you have guacamole

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