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2014-04-29 23:16:00

New study shows a potentially lethal parasite found in drinking water known as the Entamoeba histolytica amoeba, which kills human cells by eating them alive in the host’s body. APEC Water Systems offer solutions on how to protect drinking water from a wide range of harmful amoebas and cysts. City of Industry, California (PRWEB) April 29, 2014 A new report published last week by NATURE Journal of Science has found a parasitic amoeba that lives in the gut and is capable of killing living...

Deadly Brain-Eating Amoeba Kills 10 People In Pakistan
2012-10-09 16:01:59

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Ten people have died in Pakistan's most populated city due to a brain-eating amoeba transmitted by contaminated water. A World Health Organization (WHO) official said Naegleria fowleri is transmitted when contaminated water enters the body through the nose. The brain-eating amoeba has a fatality rate of over 98 percent. Dr Musa Khan, head of the WHO's disease early warning system in Pakistan, said that there have been 10...

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2010-03-04 14:25:00

Naegleria genome sheds light on transition from prokaryotes to eukaryotes In the long evolutionary road from bacteria to humans, a major milestone occurred some 1.5 billion years ago when microbes started building closets for all their stuff, storing DNA inside a nucleus, for example, or cramming all the energy machinery inside mitochondria. Scientists have now sequenced the genome of a weird, single-celled organism called Naegleria gruberi that is telling biologists about that transition...

2009-06-14 20:41:22

Swimming in Florida lakes and rivers can be deadly if the Naegleria fowleri amoeba is present, public health officials warn. While no deaths were reported last year in Central Florida, three boys died of the infection in 2007, the Orlando Sentinel reported Sunday. The amoeba can be found in swimming pools, especially if they are not chlorinated. But it is most common in lakes, ponds and rivers, especially when the weather gets warm enough to lift the water temperature to 80 degrees, officials...

2008-07-05 12:00:13

By Arelis Hernandez, The Orlando Sentinel, Fla. Jul. 5--ORANGE COUNTY When water temperatures rise in lakes, it's time for you to get out, the Orange County Health Department warned. Officials say water users should avoid swimming or diving in freshwater ponds, lakes and rivers during periods of high temperature and low water depth, when conditions are perfect for deadly organisms. The Naegleria fowleri amoeba can live in any body of warm, stagnant freshwater and causes amebic...

2007-10-04 21:00:13

By Josh Brodesky, The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Oct. 4--Brain-eating amoebas have taken up residence in Tucson's water supply as recent tests have shown their presence in 12 wells. While the discovery of the killer amoeba, known as Naegleria Fowleri, is surprising to at least one UA researcher, the microscopic bug's presence in the Old Pueblo's water supply doesn't pose any health risks. Tucson Water chlorinates its well water before distribution, killing the amoeba before the water...

2007-10-01 06:00:14

By Annette Wells By ANNETTE WELLS REVIEW-JOURNAL The death of an Arizona boy infected by an amoeba after swimming at Lake Havasu has caught the attention of officials responsible for Lake Mead, Lake Mohave and Nevada's hot springs. They want to know if those bodies of water also harbor the microscopic killer Naegleria fowleri, which enters the body through the nostrils and eats away brain tissue. They also want to know how much of a risk the microbe might pose to the thousands of Jet...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.