When Pedophillic Amoebas Attack

 This is gross.  You all laugh when I hold my nose while swimming.

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(CNN) — Ray Herrera does not mince words about what his 12-year-old son, Jack, went through.  “It’s beyond description to watch your most precious, beautiful, wonderful, loved one become a vegetable essentially and then die,” Herrera said.  In August, Jack returned from summer camp that included swims in Texas’ Lake LBJ. Five days after coming home he was dead, killed by a microscopic amoeba.

Jack is one of six people to die this summer in the United States from the naegleria fowleri amoeba.  The amoeba enters the human body through the nose. It then travels to the brain, where it begins to feed.  Symptoms of the amoeba’s rampage begin 1 to 14 days after infection and resemble the flu. At the onset of those symptoms the amoeba victim’s health swiftly declines.  “Folks lapse into a coma, there are abnormal movements of the eyes and a terrible cascade of events leading to the actual death of parts of the brain.”

Although exposure to the amoeba is usually fatal, Sherin says a cocktail of drugs can fight the amoeba if administered in time. The key, he says, is identifying the amoeba early.

Until this summer there were only 24 known cases of the virus in the U.S. since 1989, according to the CDC.  Health officials cannot explain the spike in cases this summer, except that weather plays a factor.

Another question health officials have is why the amoeba seems to appear more often in young males. All six victims this summer were male, ages 10 to 22 years old.  But other than wearing nose plugs while swimming or staying out of freshwater above 80 degrees Fahrenheit, there is little people can do to prevent exposure to the amoeba.

Health officials say federal or local governments have few tools to combat the amoeba.  The health department has posted signs at 15 swimming and boating areas where people may face exposure to the amoeba.  The effectiveness of the signs appears mixed.  As he sunbathed near a sign warning of amoebas, John Walters seemed unconcerned about danger possibly lurking beneath the clear, inviting waters. “Its no worse I suppose than the gator signs over there and somebody did get attacked here once.”

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4 Responses to When Pedophillic Amoebas Attack

  1. abarclay12 says:

    I love your suggestion that the amoebas are pedophiles. That’s genius. Have the news stations clued into this yet??

  2. simmco says:

    this situation iz very dangerous and i hope that this doesnt happen to me cause i really dunt feel like getting eaten by some crazy brain killing amoeba that can get in my nose though the nose and does some crazy effects to my brain, eating slowy and painfully… groan* anyways i wunt be even thinking about swimming in lakes or any sort of open waterss this summer, i hope none of this kind of amoeba gets from usa to canada, cause thats where i live!

  3. nicole says:

    i really hope that people take this issue seriously. My little brother Richard Almeida was the 3rd out of the six people who have died from these ameobas. Today is $ months since my brother has passed away, and i miss him terribly. I just pray that this won’t ever happen. May Ray rest in peace.
    -Nicole Almeida.

  4. Allison says:

    Amoebae are not viruses. Have an expert proof-read this stuff before you publish it.

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