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jdl xstar
06-15-2009, 10:50 AM
Edit- This isn't funny! Hey, maybe news like this will keep more Wally's off the lake!

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/orl-lochot-deadly-amoebas-061209061309jun13,0,2054568.story

coz
06-15-2009, 10:56 AM
This is pretty funny. Hey, maybe news like this will keep more Wally's off the lake!

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/orl-lochot-deadly-amoebas-061209061309jun13,0,2054568.story

Funny? it's deadly :confused: it's been found out here in Lake Havasu and killed a couple small kids :confused:

Sodar
06-15-2009, 11:07 AM
Funny? it's deadly :confused: it's been found out here in Lake Havasu and killed a couple small kids :confused:

Exactly! Funny is not the term I would use.

They actually just found some amoebas down in the river we ski on in Mexico. I will tell you, it makes you think twice about getting in the water and really makes me think twice when my girlfriend's 5 year old nephew wants to take a wakeboard run. Scary stuff to say the least! :o

jdl xstar
06-15-2009, 11:08 AM
Anything that kills isn't funny- so you're right about that. But to have a headline like that is slightly sensational to say the least. Think of the millions of swimmers all summer and you may here of just a few cases country wide of an amoeba related death. Why not put a bold headline of "Don't walk outside because of the deadly lightning!"

Sodar
06-15-2009, 11:13 AM
Anything that kills isn't funny- so you're right about that. But to have a headline like that is slightly sensational to say the least. Think of the millions of swimmers all summer and you may here of just a few cases country wide of an amoeba related death. Why not put a bold headline of "Don't walk outside because of the deadly lightning!"

Disagree! What is sensationalized about a fact?

"Swimming in Orlando area? Beware of killer amoeba"

Seems pretty straightforward and truthful to me!

They even say this:

No incidents were reported last year or this year so far, but health departments want people to be aware before jumping in.

Granted, you cannot not go in the water because of this. But you can be warned and take precautions like not jumping into warm, stagnant water. Or let you kids take a big nose full of water while swimming.

Just my opinion.

jdl xstar
06-15-2009, 11:24 AM
My point is that the odds of getting killed by an amoeba of all things is so infinitley small so it was amusing that it made the news. But for readership purposes, it gets a headline, unlike bees that kill far far more people, because it will attract readers. its kinda out of a science fiction novel- a microscopic germ goes up your nose and eats your brain!!!! watch out everyone!

Seriously- I'm not trying to be insensative to those who've encountered a swarm of amoebas, but I was just sharing an article that caught my attention.

JohnE
06-15-2009, 11:26 AM
I think I remember reading about those deaths here on the forum back when they happened. It is definitely unsettling.

bigmac
06-15-2009, 11:27 AM
Of course it's sensationalized. How the hell else are they going to sell newspapers or get you to watch their news show?

Let's put it in perspective, however. There have been 6 reported deaths this year due to this "brain-eating amoeba" (insert shriek here), taking all warm water lakes and swimming pools into account. The odds of being killed in a car accident while driving to that lake are astronomically greater than being attacked by Naegleria fowleri. Wakeboarding, or even boating at Lake Havasu, is going to remain far more dangerous than swimming there for a long, long time, I bet.

TMCNo1
06-15-2009, 11:30 AM
Everyone should just relax, a spammer should be posting here on Team Talk before long after he reads this thread, as to where you can buy antibiotics to kill them in the body, vaccines to prevent catching the critters and Viagra to beat the crap out of them if you see any in the water, all without a prescription!:rolleyes::D

Sodar
06-15-2009, 11:33 AM
Of course it's sensationalized. How the hell else are they going to sell newspapers or get you to watch their news show?

Let's put it in perspective, however. There have been 6 reported deaths this year due to this "brain-eating amoeba" (insert shriek here), taking all warm water lakes and swimming pools into account. The odds of being killed in a car accident while driving to that lake are astronomically greater than being attacked by Naegleria fowleri. Wakeboarding, or even boating at Lake Havasu, is going to remain far more dangerous than swimming there for a long, long time, I bet.

Very, very, very true! 8p

coz
06-15-2009, 11:47 AM
and Viagra to beat the crap out of them if you see any in the water

You just painted a scary picture in my mind :confused: #1 walking around wacking the water with that thing? :eek: There's one! whack!, There's one! whack! :banana:

TMCNo1
06-15-2009, 01:32 PM
You just painted a scary picture in my mind :confused: #1 walking around wacking the water with that thing? :eek: There's one! whack!, There's one! whack! :banana:
http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/36/36_11_6.gif (http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb001_ZSfox000)I know, I know, and speaking of whackers,
48413

jdl xstar
06-15-2009, 01:37 PM
:eek3: Look here amoeba, i don't want no trouble from you. Take what you want, just don't crawl up my nassal passage and eat my brain.

48414

h2oskifreak
06-16-2009, 12:36 AM
Medical examiner from Orlando said the best precaution was to wear a nose plug when swimming in warm water.

atlfootr
09-29-2009, 08:02 AM
My point is that the odds of getting killed by an amoeba of all things is so infinitley small so it was amusing that it made the news.NOTHING AMUSING here :mad:

Last month ..
Boy Dies From Rare Form of Encephalitis

http://www.theledger.com/article/20090929/NEWS/909289971/1410?Title=Boy-Dies-From-Rare-Form-of-Encephalitis

bigmac
09-29-2009, 08:57 AM
NOTHING AMUSING here :mad:

Last month ..
Boy Dies From Rare Form of Encephalitis



A tragedy, certainly. But the news media's alarm about this amoeba is way out of proportion to its actual threat to the public. "Amusing" may not be the right word. I'm thinking their transparent sensationalism is better described as "pathetic".

atlfootr
09-29-2009, 09:09 AM
I took the quote from jdlarsen,

My point is that the odds of getting killed by an amoeba of all things is so infinitely small so it was amusing that it made the news. But for readership purposes, it gets a headline, unlike bees that kill far far more people, because it will attract readers. its kinda out of a science fiction novel- a microscopic germ goes up your nose and eats your brain!!!! watch out everyone!

Seriously- I'm not trying to be insensative to those who've encountered a swarm of amoebas, but I was just sharing an article that caught my attention.

from him, meaning that I did NOT find anything amusing about this at all ... I'd also like to say bigmac, if you knew the boy and his family you may feel differently about it.

Maristar210
09-29-2009, 09:36 AM
I took the quote from jdlarsen,



from him, meaning that I did NOT find anything amusing about this at all ... I'd also like to say bigmac, if you knew the boy and his family you may feel differently about it.

Here we go again :rolleyes:

jdl xstar
09-29-2009, 09:49 AM
This conversation is gey. Let me be more clear... The death was not amusing... the media coverage of a single death was amusing. As i said before, because its an unusual and creepy way to die, the media jumps up and raises a stir about it. This type of event happening is so incredibly rare, nothing even comes close in frequency!

bigmac
09-29-2009, 10:15 AM
This conversation is gey. Let me be more clear... The death was not amusing... the media coverage of a single death was amusing. As i said before, because its an unusual and creepy way to die, the media jumps up and raises a stir about it. This type of event happening is so incredibly rare, nothing even comes close in frequency!

I don't disagree that the news media is amusing, in a pathetic sort of way.