Oh great...brain-eating amoeba

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    Yeah I play disc golf and would go into the water hazards to retrieve errant throws, couple weeks ago signs started popping up warning of this. Looks like those discs will have to enjoy their watery grave.

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    Nose plugs
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    It's always been a reality in Florida. Generally you're only really at risk in fairly shallow water that is really warm. A kid from my town contracted it a couple of years back at the Orlando Watersports Complex wakeboard cable park, which is man-made with a lot of sediment at the bottom and is about 5 feet deep at most. In general, though, you're not going to contract it as long as you're not putting your face in water under 4-5 feet deep in most lakes or at all in spring-fed rivers.
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    Don't even have to read the link to know this is about naegleria fowleri. This has been around forever in warm bodies of water but you will get a news article about it every once and a while. It is extremely rare and it is more common when water if forced up the nose (like jumping into a lake) rather than passive swimming.
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    Did he live, Helix?
    Why are these medical experts saying it kills 99% of those affected?
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    here in S Fla there is also a parasitic worm in the wet areas. It burrows thru skin. Real nasty, it plants its larva in the brain. A cyst forms around the larva. On Ct scan it looks like the person has Cherios in their head because the larva are curled up. The headaches of the condition are severe. It is fatal if untreated. And takes months to treat because meds have to cross the blood-brain barrier.

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    Will Obamacare help this?
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    Since the majority of people who contract cystopsychosis in S Fla are poor and working in the fields, and likely without insurance---they are already on the govt tab. So ACA won't affect the matter financially one way or another. The only folks I've taken care of in hospital who've suffered this horrible illness are Guatemalans and Haitians who work for very, very low wages.
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    No he didn't, sadly. As was said, though, you pretty much have to get water force up the nose to get it, and it only happens in very warm water...like bath water warm. I spent probably every afternoon of my youth and all day during the summers on a lake skiing, tubing, kneeboarding, wakeboarding, etc. and never really felt in danger of it, but then I was always told by my mom to avoid putting my head under in very shallow water.
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    Brain-eating amoeba would go hungry around my house.
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    Why do I suddenly think Ron Zook will be in danger? :ninja:
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    But the amoeba would have nothing to feed on. :ninja:
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    We also did all the normal things kids do, swam under water all the time, camping and fishing. We dove in with no thought of it. I guess we just got lucky.
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    Scary new world Mama.

    Super bacteria's
    brain-eating amoeba's
    flesh-eating diseases
    drug-resistant infections
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    Swam in lakes in Florida my whole life. Did get a lot of ear infections as a child

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    Is this saying spring-fed rivers are OK? Sounds like they should be because they are so cold.
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    Yep
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    some factors likely increase the mortality rate
    --speed at which the critter kills
    --very limited number of medications that can cross the blood brain barrier to kill the critter
    --toxicity of the medication

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    here are other cute bits of infection news over the last few years
    --the increasing incidence of MRSA in HS locker rooms
    --due to companies improperly disposing of medical waste----fisherman are contracting MRSA from fish the catch(Fish eat medical waste contaminated with MRSA, MRSA spreads from fish to fisherman). Make sure you cook fish well
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