Rogue Amoebas Killing Swimmers! oh noes

You may have heard that there have been a few deaths from amoebas this summer.  As your friendly neighborhood amoeba, I can tell you that amoebas don’t intend to cause harm. However, sometimes they do. Here’s the lowdown:

When a natural fresh water source, such as a lake, warms up to about 80 F amoebas tend to get quite cozy. And that’s when they start to multiply pretty fast.  If a certain amoeba, Naegleria fowleri, makes its way up your nose, it can cause amoebic meningoencephalitis. Like any “mening” or “encephalitis” this is bad. It usually results in death.

Amoeba don’t want to be in your nose anymore than you want them there, so there a simple way to prevent them from getting in there: hold your nose–or keep it pinched shut.  Particularly when thrashing around in a way that would cause water to go up your nose–like diving bombing into the water.

It’s pretty darn rare to get this little guy in your brain, but it can happen, so have fun but take a little precaution in warm waters.

 

 

Note the article titles below… they seem to suggest these are zombie amoebas! lol

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  1. They have reportedly closed Lake Texoma because this amoeba is present there. I live in Texas, on a lake. I am hoping that our lake doesn’t get this thing. Because I get all irrational, thinking “I’m going to die from braine-eating amoeba” even though I rationally understand that it goes up your nose and I don’t go in the water here because this lake is more swamp than lake and I’m irrationally afraid of getting eaten by an alligator.
    All this to say, thanks for reminding me that I actually have to GET IN THE WATER to catch this zombie amoeba.

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