By Wyatt Earp | September 29, 2007
Oh yeah, I’m going back to Arizona to visit my friend Kevin real soon.
Six Die From Brain-Eating Amoeba In Lakes
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 recreational waterborne illnesses for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“This is a heat-loving amoeba. As water temperatures go up, it does better,” Beach said. “In future decades, as temperatures rise, we’d expect to see more cases.” (H/T – )
Brain-eating amoebas, huh? I wonder if Janeane Garofalo and Al Franken vacation in Phoenix?
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