A Cute Little Bugger...Naegleria fowleri

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    I think I'll avoid swimming for a while...
     
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    37 cases in 10 years. Don't be number 38!
     
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    It is rare. Many of us and our kids are jumping off rocks, diving, and creeking. 4 cases this year with 3 fatalities.

    Clinical Pearl: When seeing a HCP, the most important thing you can provide is an accurate history. As a HCP, the most important step in assessing a patient is to listen to that history.
     
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    Friendly reminder.
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    This and prions scare me to death.
     
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    shudder...
     
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    Most of your area still eats brains and eggs dont they?
     
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    Yes. Makes it tough to dx this stuff...is it a 3 day Meth Binge, DAT, or just normative behavior?
     
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    My money is on meth binge.
     
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    You should read about Creutzfeldt-Jakobs it will scare the **** out of you. I can't give blood since I have a direct blood line with the last case in SC.
     
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    CJD is what we were referring to....rare but nasty. I hadn't even heard of a case in SC. Do you mind to elaborate to give folks reading some background on the prognosis?
     
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    Sure, my Grandfather was diagnosed with it, they thought he was going crazy, locked him in the mental ward until they figured it out. They had a specialist come from Cally to do a spinal tap, I was told that's the only way to test for it. I had never heard of it before so I did some research, found a group that was studying every case they could find. They were a good source of info, asked if they could study my papa after he passed but my grandmother was in denial. She didn't want anyone to know what he did from so they let everyone keep thinking he went crazy. My dad, my brother, me and my daughters are carriers of it, it my stay dormant it may not, no way to know. All I know is you have about 2 weeks from the onset until death, it was very fast but hard to watch.

    Hope this helped, haven't thought about it in a while, it's been almost seven years and the family still doesn't talk about it.
     
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    Powasson virus supposedly is spread in 15 minutes after attachment. If thats true, it flies in the face of disease transmission occurring after 24 hours.
     
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