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Rise of the brain-eating amoebas


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#1    Saru

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 10:01 AM

Incidents involving a fatal amoebic organism that dines on your brain are on the increase in the US.

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Itís a fatal infection without an effective treatment, and one that strikes in a decidedly gruesome manner: An amoebic organism lurking in water is inadvertently inhaled during a swim on a hot summerís day.

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 11:41 AM

Zombies, better prepare


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Posted 02 July 2013 - 12:16 PM

this, dear children, is why I never learnt how to swim.

I must not fear. Fear is the Mind-Killer. It is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and to move through me. And when it is gone I will turn the inner eye to see it's path.
When the fear is gone, there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 02:25 PM

I lost a friend in grade school to this.  The amoebas really like warm water.  I am not surprised it is getting worse.  Hail Tommy, you left us much too soon, my friend.

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 02:29 PM

It seems to happen in lakes and rivers, not the ocean.  Better wear a nose plug or don't put your face underwater.


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Posted 02 July 2013 - 02:55 PM

Wow really nasty,but it will probably starve to death in some cases.

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 03:06 PM

Just need to join the polar bear club.


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Posted 02 July 2013 - 03:32 PM



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Posted 02 July 2013 - 06:24 PM

I assume it can't survive in saltwater (ocean water).


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Posted 02 July 2013 - 07:21 PM

The article seems to be a bit alarmist.  Even in areas of the Southeast where the amoeba lives traditionally, it is still an extremely rare occurrence given the tens of millions of people that go for a swim in freshwater lakes, rivers, and streams each year.  So what if it spreads to northern areas?  There's probably a higher chance you'll be struck by lightening.

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 07:53 PM

Man, pair this thing with something that makes people want to eat other people and if they don't end up killing each other then we got ourselves a verified zombie disease.


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Posted 02 July 2013 - 07:55 PM

View PostRafterman, on 02 July 2013 - 07:21 PM, said:

The article seems to be a bit alarmist.  Even in areas of the Southeast where the amoeba lives traditionally, it is still an extremely rare occurrence given the tens of millions of people that go for a swim in freshwater lakes, rivers, and streams each year.  So what if it spreads to northern areas?  There's probably a higher chance you'll be struck by lightening.
Speaking of lightning, the lastest radio commercials I've heard in SC state that if you here thunder, even in the distance, lightning is close enough to strike you.  IMMEDIATELY seek shelter in a SUBSTANTIAL building or a metal topped vehicle.  In other words, be like caveman and cower when you hear big noise. The point the commercial is really trying to make is don't work outside in the rain as it starts with a statistic about what percentage of lightning kills are men working outside during a storm. I wonder how many of that percentage is electrical workers trying to restore power to people.


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Posted 02 July 2013 - 07:56 PM

View Postspud the mackem, on 02 July 2013 - 02:55 PM, said:

Wow really nasty,but it will probably starve to death in some cases.
You trying to say some people are brainless? :yes:


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Posted 03 July 2013 - 02:57 AM

Thankful this amoeba doesn't live in the ocean.  I only have to worry about sharks, eels, and angry dolphins... whew. :tu:

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 03:54 AM

When amoeba's start consuming "bath salts", we will have a real problem. :w00t:





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