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Can Naegleria fowleri be found in rainwater?
« on: April 25, 2014, 04:00:24 PM »
We're in England. There was a rainstorm today and I was out in it for a while, I also stomped through some deep puddles and they splashed.
Can naegleria fowleri live in English rainwater? Just curious. I couldn't find any results on google. But I don't think I got much up my nose, if any. Thank you :)
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Re: Can Naegleria fowleri be found in rainwater?
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2014, 08:55:23 PM »
Don't go down this road with this fear...

N. Fowleri is found in warm, stagnant water. (i.e. Lakes, ponds, wells, etc.) and you said you're in England, it's rare there. It's just not the climate N. Fowleri needs to thrive.

Rainwater is filtered in the atmosphere by the way.

You have nothing to worry about as far as infection from what you've described.

I won't even go into telling you how extremely rare infection by N. Fowleri really is, because if you know about this amoeba that means you googled. You shouldn't even know this exists!
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Re: Can Naegleria fowleri be found in rainwater?
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2014, 09:03:49 PM »
Even if it was an environment that let that organism grow, the odds are practically nonexistent that you would contract it.  When you worry about this, try to tell your HA to take a hike, because it's messing with your mind, telling you a risk exists that DOESN'T.  Kick its ass; you can do it :)
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