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According to the CDC, the amoeba called Naegleria fowleri (nuh-GLEER-ee-uh FOWL'-erh-eye) killed 23 people in the United States, from 1995 to 2004. This year health officials noticed a spike with six cases three in Florida, two in Texas and one in Arizona. The CDC knows of only several hundred cases worldwide since its discovery in Australia in the 1960s.
Originally posted by NGC2736
Is the environment out o get us? Has Mother Nature declared war on the human species?
It is estimated that 500 to 1000 different species of bacteria live in the human body (Sears, 2005). Bacterial cells are much smaller than human cells, and there are about ten times as many bacteria as human cells in the body (1000 trillion (1015) versus 100 trillion (1014); Sears, 2005). Though normal flora are found on all surfaces exposed to the environment (on the skin and eyes, in the mouth, nose, small intestine, and colon), the vast majority of bacteria live in the large intestine.
Naegleria fowleri – Deadly Amoeba
Naegleria fowleri lurks in warm waters and in rare isolated instances infects humans and animals. Few survive primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM).
Parasitic disease caused by naegleria is very rare—only a few hundred cases have ever been reported—however a few common sense precautions will protect people from acquiring this and other water borne infections:
* Avoid swimming in very warm water, especially if it is shallow and/or stagnant (not moving). The majority of PAM cases have resulted from exposure to water that is 26C (80F) or warmer.
* Avoid taking in water through the nose while swimming, diving, water skiing, or jumping into water. A nose clip can be used to prevent water being forced up the nose.
* Stay out of the water if “No Swimming” signs are posted.
* Do not swim in swimming pools that are very warm or that are not properly maintained, even if the water is chlorinated. Naegleria fowleri is resistant to chlorine.