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Old 08-20-2011, 08:30 AM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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We had a thread about this problem a couple of years ago on this forum. I believe at the time someone in Tennessee died. This is the second death this year, this one in Virginia.

"The Virginia Department of Health does not know — and may never know — from which body of water a Virginia child contracted a deadly infection from an amoeba...Her department received results from an autopsy Friday that confirmed the cause of death as primary amoebic meningoencephalitis, which is caused by Naegleria fowleri. She said the amoebas, which swim up the nose and enter the brain, live in freshwater bodies around the world. The amoebas are particularly prevalent in shallow, still water during warm weather"

Amoeba caused Henrico boy's fatal infection | Richmond Times-Dispatch

It's just a cautionary post for people new to the area from colder places.
Courtney Nash (16) died when a dangerous parasite crawled up her nose while swimming in Florida - MyDeathSpace.com

Reason enough for me to stay out of fresh-water ponds and such. I swim in pools or the ocean.

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Old 08-20-2011, 08:36 AM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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I read about a guy who lived in Louisiana, used a netti pot and died from an amoeba that got into his brain. sounds like something form a Si Fi horror!

Apparently, he used tap water, yet there were amoebas in that. Make sure to use distilled water if using a netti pot!
Our well water is 60 degrees. No worries there.

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