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A 3RD VICTIM DIES. AMOEBA, BRAIN EATER FOUND IN OUR OWN WATER

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Brain-eating amoeba claims third victim as man dies after using tap water to clear his sinuses



By
Rachel Quigley


UPDATED:

23:14 EST, 17 August 2011






  • A third person has died after being infected by brain-eating amoeba.

Health officials in Louisiana are
linking the June death of an unidentified man in his early 20s to the
infection that has killed a boy aged nine and a 16-year-old girl this
month.


The young man's death was traced to
the tap water he used in a neti pot, a small teapot-shaped container
used to rinse out the sinuses with salt water to relieve allergies,
colds and sinus trouble.


Tragic: Christian Alexander Strickland, nine, from Virginia, became infected by the parasite after he went to a fishing camp in the state.

Tragic: Christian
Alexander Strickland, nine, from Virginia, became infected by the
parasite after he went to a fishing camp in the state.

Health officials later found the amoeba in the home's water system.

Dr.
Raoult Ratard, Louisiana's state epidemiologist, said the problem was
confined to the man's house and was not found in city water samples.

The young man had not been swimming nor been in contact with surface water, Ratard added.

Christian
Alexander Strickland, nine, from Virginia, became infected by the
parasite after he went to a fishing camp in the state.




He died from meningitis on
August 5 and health department officials confirmed that his death was
from meningitis caused by an infection by the brain-eating amoeba, known
as Naegleria fowleri.

This week, Courtney Nash, 16, from Florida, died from the same infection after swimming in a local lake.

Christian
Alexander's aunt Bonnie Strickland told the Richmond Times Dispatch:
'The doctor described it to us as such a slight chance that they didn't
even think it would be possible.'

Dr
Keri Hall, state epidemiologist at the Virginia Department of Health,
said in a statement: 'Sadly, we have had a Naegleria infection in
Virginia this summer. It's important that people be aware of … safe
swimming messages.'



Also dead: Courtney Nash, 16, from Florida, died this week after swimming in St John's Lake. her family donated her organs

Also dead: Courtney Nash, 16, from Florida, died this week after swimming in St John's Lake. her family donated her organs





Where: Locator map showing the two places in America where children were killed by the brain-eating amoeba this month

Where: Locator map showing the two places in America where children were killed by the brain-eating amoeba this month


Naegleria fowleri moves into the body
through the nose and destroys brain tissue. It almost always causes
meningitis, the paper said.

WHAT IS AMOEBIC MENINGOENCEPHALITIS?

Amoebic meningoencephalitis occurs often during very hot weather and is contracted in stagnant freshwater.


The microscopic amoeba (mostly Naegleria fowleri species) are
commonly found in the upper layer of sediment in the bottom of lakes and
ponds with mud floors. They can also be found in poorly maintained
pools and hot tubs. When water temperatures hit 80 degrees, the amoeba
come out to freely circulate in the water.


The infection is
usually treated with anti-fungal medications and antibiotics. Only one
person is believed to have survived the infection since the 1970s.


The amoebas usually enter the body through the nose and attack the brain and spinal cord.


The disease progresses rapidly, usually resulting in death.


Symptoms of an infection include
headache, fever, nausea and vomiting, stiff neck, confusion, lack of
attention to people and surroundings, loss of balance and bodily
control, seizures and hallucinations.

The public is urged to contact a medical professional immediately if experiencing any of these symptoms.

Officials urge swimmers to avoid swimming in bodies of freshwater.
Those who do should wear nose plugs or hold their nose when they jump or
dive in.

The Naegleria
fowleri does not pose a threat to swimmers in local springs,
well-maintained pools and the ocean, according to the CDC. It can't be
transmitted from person to person, either.

In
the case of Courtney Nash, it is believed she was diving off a rock
with family at St John's River when she caught the disease.

Courtney's mother, Patricia Nash, said that shortly before her death, she had decided to become an organ donor.

She
told WESH that both lungs were transplanted and Courtney's liver and
pancreas were 'performing another miracle for someone else'. Her kidneys
were also being transplanted.

'I
didn't get my miracle, but she has performed other miracles. If we can
save other people's lives so they don't have to go through what I just
went though, this could be a blessing in disguise,' she said.

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  • judy ann 2012/08/10 14:32:34
    I had no idea our water was this bad
    judy ann
    +6
    This is very scary, My own daughter has been battling for 2 mo. She developed a rare germ. I am scared to death

    She had a sinus surgery 2 mo ago.She is on the last known medicine that will cure this germ.

    Her next step is a pick line into her heart. It came back with a new host.

    60,000 in debt, still she is the same. I am afraid her Insurance will cancel

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  • Old Timer 2012/08/12 21:01:58
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    Old Timer
    Suppose this might be what's wrong with Obama? He's spent a lot of time in VA campaigning. The amoeba is probably getting pretty hungry by now though after searching for brain matter to eat, ya think?
  • Cat 2012/08/11 14:49:35
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    Cat
    I believe it. I had an amoebic intestinal infestation many years ago. No fun, fer sure.
  • S. Gompers 2012/08/11 07:15:30
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    S. Gompers
    I had heard of this living in lakes and killing some swimmers when I was living in Nevada in 2005.
  • rocat 2012/08/11 05:32:34
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    rocat
    formerly a third world problem-

    hmmm...???...
    wonder how that got here-
  • jool 2012/08/10 23:06:58
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    jool
    +1
    Use Sterile Normal saline when putting liquid in your nose. Sterile clean your neti pots before you use or store them.
  • lylamerican 2012/08/10 18:35:32
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    lylamerican
    +1
    Sounds more like BP oil stuff. The medical Ers are filled with kids swimming in contaminated waters with illness.
  • santa6642 2012/08/10 15:09:03
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    santa6642
    +1
    This may be just the begining of what is to come.
  • judy ann santa6642 2012/08/23 13:25:25
    judy ann
    agree
  • dick 2012/08/10 14:51:13
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    dick
    +2
    We live in a dangerous world some times it seems as though God created us and then just dropped us on our ass to do the best we can!
  • judy ann dick 2012/08/23 13:26:18
    judy ann
    Well' I for one have been dropped a lot lately
  • john Kills 2012/08/10 14:44:46
    I had no idea our water was this bad
    john Kills
    +1
    ought all tap water was treated to kill viuses and bacteria
  • lylamer... john Kills 2012/08/10 18:38:53
    lylamerican
    netti pots must use distilled water
  • DizziNY 2012/08/10 14:36:19
    I had no idea our water was this bad
    DizziNY
    +2
    It all ties in to the elites agenda to de-populate the world.
  • mk, Smartass Oracle 2012/08/10 14:34:13
  • judy ann mk, Sma... 2012/08/23 13:26:58
  • judy ann 2012/08/10 14:32:34
    I had no idea our water was this bad
    judy ann
    +6
    This is very scary, My own daughter has been battling for 2 mo. She developed a rare germ. I am scared to death

    She had a sinus surgery 2 mo ago.She is on the last known medicine that will cure this germ.

    Her next step is a pick line into her heart. It came back with a new host.

    60,000 in debt, still she is the same. I am afraid her Insurance will cancel
  • krayzrick judy ann 2012/08/10 14:39:16
  • dick judy ann 2012/08/10 14:49:17
    dick
    +2
    So sad for you I hope that things get better!
  • Rebel Yell judy ann 2012/08/10 17:19:16
    Rebel Yell
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    Judy Ann, the stress you are under is unimagineable. Please take good care of yourself , for your daughter's sake. You are both in my prayers. Stay strong.

    Last summer, a man was fishing in shallow water. He had a small scrape on his leg from getting out of his boat. Bacteria in the water entered that small scrape and within hours he was fighting for his life.

    Try as we might, we cannot escape unseen and unforseen dangers that are with us every day. It is very scarey.
  • Purple ... judy ann 2012/08/10 23:29:36
    Purple Pinto ~PWCM~JLA
    Oh dear! Praying for you all, Judy Ann.

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