Warm Weather Stirs Up Amoeba Warning

June 18, 2013 12:41 PM

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Warm Weather Stirs Up Amoeba Warning

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) -- Florida health officials are urging swimmers to steer clear of stagnant water, which could be home to millions of microscopic killers.

Naegleria fowleri, an amoeba invisible to the naked eye, loves to lurk in warm, standing water, according to a warning released by the Florida Department of Health. And while it’s usually harmless, it can cause a fatal brain infection if inhaled through the nose.

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