Skip to comments.9-year-old dies from brain infection caused by amoeba
Posted on 08/09/2012 11:50:34 AM PDT by george76Edited on 08/09/2012 11:55:37 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
STILLWATER, Minn. – Health officials have closed Lily Lake to swimmers until further notice while the Minnesota Department of Health investigates the death of a boy who appears to have died from a rare form of meningitis caused by an amoeba found in warm freshwater.
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An 8 year-old boy from Sumter, SC died from the same type of infection after swimming in a part of Lake Marion, SC a few weeks. My family and I live on this lake, and where this young man was swimming is close to my house. I have told my husband under no circumstances will I allow our 3 year-old into the water.
Horrible thing. Thank goodness it is rare, but not rare enough each year for some families. I’m sad for them.
I regretted sticking my hand in the waters at Bath, England, after I found out about such critters. I think a guy in Idaho went swimming in a warm spring, and contracted a fatal amoebic brain infection shortly after my UK trip.
Why I like chlorine and clear water and blue swimming pools.
How terrible for the child’s family. I thought this was a southern state problem.
Here’s crossing off a trip to the reservoir.
Dreadful. Poor kid. RIP.
This is sad...we have these “amoeba” deaths in Florida every year
NEVER, ever swim in a fresh-water lake or river...NEVER NEVER, ever let your children swim in a fresh-water lake or river. There is no way to prevent these amoeba...and if you get one...you will die.
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