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Old 08-15-2011, 02:46 PM
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I'm a diehard lake swimmer and I absoultely love it. Last year for my 50th I did a full distance IM and did my entire swim training in the lake.

What happened to this young girl ..although sad is very rare so I wouldn't waste too much time worrying about things like this.

It if the most surreal thing for me to be out enjoying these lakes we have near us. I prefer Falls Lake but a group of us swim Sunday nights at Beaverdam where there are no boats. You just have to be cautious ...always take a buddy...and enjoy!
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Old 08-15-2011, 04:08 PM
Location: Cary/Apex, NC
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Originally Posted by kelly237 View Post
...so rare that some people prefer to enjoy and not focus on that one in a million chance.
Exactly! While it is tragic about the girl in Florida, people freak out over things where the actual risk is almost zero. They should worry about things can kill them like the flu (CDC reports annual deaths range from ~3,000 to ~49,000).
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Old 08-15-2011, 05:14 PM
Location: NC
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i gotta go sometime....

i dont worry about things like that, i enjoy my life and when my time comes, as long as I've enjoyed my life and had fun while i was here.... then I'm good to go.

i prefer swimming in the ocean over a lake, myself, but i grew up swimming in the lakes and ponds around here and I'm still alive and kicking....
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Old 08-17-2011, 12:39 PM
Location: Cary, NC
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Not in NC, but this can and does happen in freshwater lakes and rivers in the south:
Brain-eating amoebas blamed in three deaths - CNN.com
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Old 08-22-2011, 12:25 AM
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Originally Posted by 3DogNight View Post
Think of one giant petri dish. It's warm, then it's scalding hot, the water is perpetually warm, there is rarely if ever a freeze to kill anything...makes for some scary soup. Bacteria levels in Jordan and Falls can be atrocious. The public gets probably every 10th warning in the news about the levels. HA what you don't know might hurt you.

Then there was the poor boy whose face was almost eaten off by chromobacterium violaceum a couple of years ago. I will admit that lake water horrifies me anyway but all the conditions are right for a lot of these types of situations.
I am pretty sure that is what happened to me ...I can't ever find my car keys and the other night I almost left a restaurant without paying because I put both receipts copies in my pocket book..just talking and being spacey...It has to be all the lake swimming I did as a kid. I think the government released those amoebas as an experiment. I saw a movie about that once..
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Old 08-23-2011, 10:53 AM
Location: Wake Forest
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Just read a story recently on this at NPR.org. Seems researchers found it affected younger kids mostly because they are the ones doing cannonballs, jumping and diving, which forces water up the nose. They say the amoeba arent in the water, looking to swim into your body's openings, but rather forced into the nasal cavity for example.

They also said this is all not that new, but past cases were usually misdiagnosed.
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