06 Sep '12, 5pm

Climate change could lead to a rise in brain-eating parasites #braaaaains

Climate change could lead to a rise in brain-eating parasites #braaaaains

It has yet to be confirmed by the CDC, but the U.S. may have just seen the year’s fourth death from primary amebic meningoencephalitis, otherwise known as A FUCKING PARASITE EATS YOUR BRAIN. Four deaths in eight months is pretty easy to shrug off, even when they involve a creepy disease with a 99 percent fatality rate — but in the previous 49 years, the U.S. had only 123 known cases (and 122 deaths). That’s an average of 2.5 deaths a year — and in last 10 years, it was more like 3.2. So, you know, maybe nothing at all is weird about averaging two cases a month in 2012. Or maybe climate change is making conditions more hospitable for this warm-water-loving parasite and we’re all gonna dieeeeeeeeee . Either seems plausible. We do know for sure that Naegleria fowleri , the single-celled organism (it’s not really an amoeba) that causes primary amebic meningoencephalitis, loves...

Full article: http://grist.org/list/climate-change-could-lead-to-a-rise...

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