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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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2011-08-18 05:35:00

Three people have died this year from a rare brain infection caused by an amoeba, called Naegleria Fowleri, which feasts on neurons. CNN's affiliate WFTV reports that a 16-year-old died Saturday in Brevard County, Florida, who may have been swimming in a river before falling victim to the amoeba. Another victim, according to the Richmond Times Dispatch, was a 9-year-old in Henrico County, Virginia, whose mother said he attended a fishing day camp the week before he died. Jonathan Yoder, the...

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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...

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2007-09-28 15:00:00

By CHRIS KAHN PHOENIX - It sounds like science fiction but it's true: A killer amoeba living in lakes enters the body through the nose and attacks the brain where it feeds until you die. Even though encounters with the microscopic bug are extraordinarily rare, it's killed six boys and young men this year. The spike in cases has health officials concerned, and they are predicting more cases in the future. "This is definitely something we need to track," said Michael Beach, a specialist in...

2005-10-25 19:32:00

This classification conveys important information about the biochemistry and metabolism of disease-causing organisms. Here are three examples. 1) Pneumocystis, an opportunistic pathogen causing mortality in AIDS patients and immunocompromised individuals, is now known to be a fungus, indicating a different treatment regimen is needed. 2) Phytophtora, an organism causing potato blight, such as the one that caused the Irish famine in the 19th century, is now known not to be a fungus, which...