Sunday, June 1, 2008

Swimming Linked To Fatal Disease

In 2007, six people from southern states died from a rare brain infection that can occur after swimming in warm lakes and rivers, according to findings released Thursday in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

Primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) is a rare, but nearly always fatal disease caused by the amoeba Naegleria fowleri, investigators from the CDC and the states where the infections occurred note. The microbe enters the brain through the nose and the infection causes various symptoms, including headache, neck stiffness, nausea, and vomiting.

Although Naegleria folwleri is a common inhabitant of warm lakes and rivers, just 121 cases of PAM have been reported over the last 71 years. - MSNBC

I feel the pain rushing through my body
That's just a sign that it wasn't too shoddy
I got the record, now I'm history
All the other guys are looking up to me
'Cause I'm the best damn swimmer that this pool's ever had

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