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EATING AMYEBAAMEBA. CLIMATE CHANGE MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF CLIMATE CHANGE MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF CONTRACTING SUCH INCREASE THE RISK OF CONTRACTING SUCH DEADLY ENFECTIONSINFECTIONS. CONTRACTING SUCH DEADLY ENFECTIONSINFECTIONS.>>Reporter: FRIENDS DEADLY ENFECTIONSINFECTIONS.>>Reporter: FRIENDS AND FAMILY ARE>>Reporter: FRIENDS AND FAMILY ARE MOURNING THE LOSS OF AND FAMILY ARE MOURNING THE LOSS OF 10-YEAR-OLD. MOURNING THE LOSS OF 10-YEAR-OLD. FOR NEARLY A WEEK 10-YEAR-OLD. FOR NEARLY A WEEK SUPPORTERS OUR EVER FOR NEARLY A WEEK SUPPORTERS OUR EVER OFFER SUPPORTERS OUR EVER OFFER — OFFERED PRAYERS IN OFFER — OFFERED PRAYERS IN CENTRAL TEXAS AFTER — OFFERED PRAYERS IN CENTRAL TEXAS AFTER SHE WENT SWIM INCOME A CENTRAL TEXAS AFTER SHE WENT SWIM INCOME A RIVER. SHE WENT SWIM INCOME A RIVER. SHE CONTRACTED A RARE RIVER. SHE CONTRACTED A RARE BRAIN EATING AMEBA. SHE CONTRACTED A RARE BRAIN EATING AMEBA. AT THIS VIGIL HER BRAIN EATING AMEBA. AT THIS VIGIL HER FATHER IS DEVASTATED. AT THIS VIGIL HER FATHER IS DEVASTATED.>>IT’S HARD, FATHER IS DEVASTATED.>>IT’S HARD, ESPECIALLY HARD BEING>>IT’S HARD, ESPECIALLY HARD BEING THE ONE THAT’S ESPECIALLY HARD BEING THE ONE THAT’S SUPPOSED TO HOLD THE ONE THAT’S SUPPOSED TO HOLD EVERYBODY UP. SUPPOSED TO HOLD EVERYBODY UP.>>Reporter: IT’S A EVERYBODY UP.>>Reporter: IT’S A HEART WRENCHING>>Reporter: IT’S A HEART WRENCHING STRUGGLE JEREMY AND HEART WRENCHING STRUGGLE JEREMY AND JULIE LEWIS KNOW ALL STRUGGLE JEREMY AND JULIE LEWIS KNOW ALL TOO WELL. JULIE LEWIS KNOW ALL TOO WELL. THEIR SON KYLE DIED IN TOO WELL. THEIR SON KYLE DIED IN 2010 FROM THE SAME THEIR SON KYLE DIED IN 2010 FROM THE SAME INFECTION. 2010 FROM THE SAME INFECTION.>>IF YOU’RE GOING TO INFECTION.>>IF YOU’RE GOING TO PUT YOUR KIDS IN>>IF YOU’RE GOING TO PUT YOUR KIDS IN WATER, YOU HAVE GOT TO PUT YOUR KIDS IN WATER, YOU HAVE GOT TO KNOW THAT THIS IS OUT WATER, YOU HAVE GOT TO KNOW THAT THIS IS OUT THERE, AND THAT IT’S A KNOW THAT THIS IS OUT THERE, AND THAT IT’S A POSSIBILITY. THERE, AND THAT IT’S A POSSIBILITY. IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU, POSSIBILITY. IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU, IT HAPPENED TO US. IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU, IT HAPPENED TO US.>>Reporter: THE AMEBA IT HAPPENED TO US.>>Reporter: THE AMEBA IS TYPICALLY FOUND IN>>Reporter: THE AMEBA IS TYPICALLY FOUND IN WARM, FRESH WATER. IS TYPICALLY FOUND IN WARM, FRESH WATER. IT’S NOT INFECTIOUS WARM, FRESH WATER. IT’S NOT INFECTIOUS WHEN THE WATER IS IT’S NOT INFECTIOUS WHEN THE WATER IS SWALLOWED, ONLY WHEN WHEN THE WATER IS SWALLOWED, ONLY WHEN FORCED UP THE NOSE SWALLOWED, ONLY WHEN FORCED UP THE NOSE DURING ACTIVITIES LIKE FORCED UP THE NOSE DURING ACTIVITIES LIKE DIVING AND WATER DURING ACTIVITIES LIKE DIVING AND WATER SKIING. DIVING AND WATER SKIING. WHY IS THIS SO SKIING. WHY IS THIS SO DIFFICULT TO TREAT? WHY IS THIS SO DIFFICULT TO TREAT?>>IT RAPIDLY CAUSES A DIFFICULT TO TREAT?>>IT RAPIDLY CAUSES A LOT OF BRAIN DAMAGE,>>IT RAPIDLY CAUSES A LOT OF BRAIN DAMAGE, AND UNLESS IT’S LOT OF BRAIN DAMAGE, AND UNLESS IT’S RECOGNIZED EARLY AND AND UNLESS IT’S RECOGNIZED EARLY AND TREATMENTS ARE BROUGHT RECOGNIZED EARLY AND TREATMENTS ARE BROUGHT ON EARLY, IT CAN BE TREATMENTS ARE BROUGHT ON EARLY, IT CAN BE FATAL VERY RAPIDLY. ON EARLY, IT CAN BE FATAL VERY RAPIDLY.>>Reporter: ACCORDING FATAL VERY RAPIDLY.>>Reporter: ACCORDING TO THE CDC, THE AMEBA>>Reporter: ACCORDING TO THE CDC, THE AMEBA IS OFTEN DEADLY AND TO THE CDC, THE AMEBA IS OFTEN DEADLY AND MORE THAN A HALF

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