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Thread: Is this amoeba a threat to our dogs?

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    Default Is this amoeba a threat to our dogs?

    Recently, in Texas, a 12 year old boy succumbed to naegleria fowleri amoeba infection. See http://www.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/10/04...ake/index.html
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    Since the amoeba is found in warm, unchlorinated waters like those where we do our water work, it occurs to me that the amoeba is a possible threat to our dogs' health. Does anyone have any information whether dogs are susceptible to this amoeba?
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    http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi...X.2007.00232.x

    Apparently they are, but the consensus seems to be that this is a rare amoeba.

    One more dang thing to worry about regards

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    Not really much to worry about. Most amoebas are relatively hard to “catch” and most frequently, in my experience, infect those with less that normal immune systems. This is not to say a perfectly healthy person/dog cannot be infected by it. Water is a common route of entry because it often contacts the eyes and/or open wounds. In my 10 years spent in a clinical micro lab, I only saw 4 cases of amoebic infection and three were with Acanthamoebs and related to contact wearers. I only saw one case of naegleria fowleri and it was in a young child that had been swimming in a fresh water lake. Amoebas are not something I would send any time worrying about, but knowing the symptoms is a good idea.
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    We had a case about 10 years ago and the person affected was a normal healthy adult and that was the reason he was diagnosed so quickly by an astute infectious control physician. He recently swam in a very crowded local lake and appeared psychotic. It's so rare that he explained it comes down to being in the wrong place at the right time. I would worry about a lot more things than an amoeba infection.
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    And for all you darwinists!! It could be your brother!!

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    Or I guess in your case a curse form god for your sins. Nothing like bringing an intelligent answer to a thread.


    Someone needs a better understanding of Darwinism regards
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