CDC: brain-eating amoeba “something we need to track”

Six boys or young men have died in the US this year from a killer amoeba that lives in lakes, enters the body through the nose, and feeds on the brain. It is almost always fatal.

“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 (CDC).

Um… ya think?

“This is a heat-loving amoeba,” Beach said. “As water temperatures go up, it does better. In future decades, as temperatures rise, we’d expect to see more cases.”

The amoeba, Naegleria fowleri, killed 23 people in the US between 1995 and 2004. It has already killed six people this year, three in Orlando, Florida, two in Lake LBJ, Texas, and one last week at Lake Havasu in Arizona.

Hmm. Perhaps our good friend Stefan should organize a national conference of global warming deniers at one of these prime locations? After all, who could possibly have less to fear from a brain-eating amoeba?


  1. 1

    chadt spews:

    The amoebas would starve if you gave them global warming deniers. They’re only a threat to real people.

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    Tlazolteotl spews:

    Heh. That little thing that rattles between the ears of the anti-science crowd is what is called “a hard nut to crack.” So no, the amoebas would not find much of nutritional value there.

    You know, the tabloids are going to need a good name for these critters. They had “flesh-eating bacteria,” and Naegleria is just too technical a name. I propose “micro-zombies” or something similar, because they are hard to see and float around looking for brains to eat.

  3. 4

    Tlazolteotl spews:

    Oh, and I just love the CDC’s online publications, Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Great way to scare yourself out of ever traveling abroad. :-)

  4. 5

    Politically Incorrect spews:

    Great news! Now all we have to do is get you pompous cocksucking Seattle/King County liberal snobs to go swimming in lakes where the dangerous amoeba is.

  5. 6

    Bill Anderson spews:

    Global warming is something to be denied in terms of the ridiculous hype it has attracted. Our world has warmed, cooled, etc. And there is no evidence what’s happening here is even within anything noticeable on a full scale. Move on, please.

  6. 7

    Windie spews:

    @5 you can’t totally steal the joke of the main post, man. Thats not kosher.

    At least come up with a new variation!

  7. 8

    spyder spews:

    flesh eating bacteria, brain eating amoeba, autophagy of nerves and ganglia, gosh, it can only get freakier.

  8. 9

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @5 The problem with that is after one of you beer-swilling pot-bellied rednecks bellyflops into the lake off the tailgate of your pickups, there won’t be any water left in the lake after the splash you make.

  9. 11

    Dan Rather spews:

    Brain eating amoeba! Can this be the Republicans’ last best hope for 2008?

    09/29/2007 at 4:35 pm

    We got plenty of weapons. We already proved that a monkey can beat a democrat for president… twice. hehehehehe

  10. 12

    Facts Support My Positions spews:

    So now we know how Bush got re-elected. His supporters are the brainless survivors…….

  11. 13

    Facts Support My Positions spews:

    Don’t worry wingnuts. If you have no brain, the critter will starve. He can’t eat Rovian talking points, and this is all that exists between the ears of the average wingnut….

    Better to kill them over there to put food on our family to get the mission accomplished, and surge for success, and fool me once, and we won’t, and them childrens gotta learn, and and and and (blather).

    This is what exists in the mind of anyone still calling themselves a Republicon……

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    The Rovian Mindset is: Your common sense is wrong. Your gut feeling of hatred and of being left-out and disrespected are right.

    Vote Hate = Vote Republican

  13. 21

    Dan Rather spews:

    It may take a village to raise a child, but it only takes a retard to beat a democrat for president.

  14. 22

    Facts Support My Positions spews:

    #20, actually Kerry won the election. More people in Ohio tried to vote for Kerry than the lying chimp…. Their votes were just never counted, or recorded.

  15. 23

    Dan Rather spews:


    They dont count dead people in Ohio. Chicgo, Seattle, St Louis yes, Ohio no. Sorry you lose. hehehehe

  16. 24

    YLB spews:

    After all, who could possibly have less to fear from a brain-eating amoeba?

    DOOFUS. Not a microgram of brain left in that right-wing moron’s skull.

  17. 25

    Broadway Joe spews:

    Oh Dan, pointless as ever. And admitting your Dear Leader is a retard and a monkey!

    Get used to irrelevance, moron.

    tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick

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    Puddybud spews:

    Now this is interesting. Another one of my hypotheses has been confirmed regarding Moonbat!s. Most here have already had the brain-eating diseased attack.

  19. 28

    Puddybud spews:

    Stupid Choir: How many times have I accused you of possessing a single celled organism as a brain? Look it up on ASSWipes!

    Man you really are dense as spent uranium!!!

  20. 30

    Puddybud spews:

    Wow, my search on global warming found this tidbit:

    As Prices Soar, U.S. Food Aid Buys Less

    I wonder what the king of inconvenient truths has to say about this. Remember Puddy first asked this question before any of the blogs on my side brought it up. The price of corn will skyrocket. Yet, The Clueless One – YLB, went on one of his useless tirades like he did last week on my Hilary rant.

    So why not ask AlGore how will this inconvenient truth be dealt with?

    I love being proved right!

  21. 31

    Puddybud spews:

    Stupid Choir a new tax being proposed just for your pocket!

    WASHINGTON — Dealing with global warming will be painful, says one of the most powerful Democrats in Congress. To back up his claim he is proposing a recipe many people won’t like _ a 50-cent gasoline tax, a carbon tax and scaling back tax breaks for some home owners. – John Dingle[berry].

    And you wonder why Michigan is in such straits!

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    Paddy Mac spews:

    “Better to kill them over there to put food on our family to get the mission accomplished, and surge for success, and fool me once, and we won’t, and them childrens gotta learn, and and and and (blather).”

    We’ll just have to go nuke-you-lar on them ameboos– ambeboboes– amnibobs– critters.

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    Puddybud spews:

    Hey JSA: I hear Bill Mahar likes Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

    From Bill Mahar Friday night on Tivo: “The main reason we hate Ahmadinejad is because what he said about Israel. At least that’s what sticks in my craw, and I think most people, certainly the New York papers, cause he said Israel should be wiped off the map. Some people say it is a mistranslation, whatever. Horrible thing to say. And, he denies the Holocaust. But, those are things he says to get elected. Okay? There are Jews in the Iranian parliament. He can’t be that anti-Semitic. I think those are the equivalent of when the Republicans in this country say, “Gay marriage will lead to death.” Or, “Flag-burning is…” you know. It’s politics. And shrewd politicians, you know, you say what you want about Nixon, but at least he was shrewd. He would know the difference between when a politician is just bullshitting his own people, and what’s real.”

    Fair use clause per Pelletmaker –

    Moral Equivalence Time JSA. Just like the 1930s. I brought it up first here on ASSHeads. Check the right thinking blogs. Of course I expect the three stooges, Stupid Choir, chadt, or YLB – The Clueless One to deliver something pithy!

    You remember the 1930s from your history books right JSA? Hitler took away guns from the German people. Kind of what your friends on the whack-left, way left of the aisle are trying to do now!