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8/23/2011 by mdc
The three deaths this summer due to Naegleria fowleri, the so-called brain-eating amoeba, are both tragic and scary, due largely to the age of the victims and the seemingly benign circumstances surrounding their infection. Most recently, on August 13, a 16-year-old girl died after swimming in a river. Prior to that, a man in his 20s was stricken after he simply rinsed his nose with tap water. The first victim, a boy just nine years old, died a week after attending a fishing day camp. The invading organism responsible for these deaths thrives in warm water, and thus most commonly strikes between July and September. According to WebMD, Naegleria fowleri can be found in lakes, ponds, rivers, untreated swimming pools, untreated well water and municipal water, and in thermally polluted water, such as power plant runoff. The amoebas are deadly when they invade through the nose, proceeding to feast on the host's brain for lack of other food. Symptoms may resemble those of meningitis.

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