Beware Of Brain-Eating Amoebas And Lazy Journalists (But Mostly Lazy Journalists)

Beware Of Brain-Eating Amoebas And Lazy Journalists (But Mostly Lazy Journalists)


Since we’re on the topic of media fearmongering, check out this chilling headline from The Guardian: “How the climate crisis is fueling the spread of a brain-eating amoeba.” The piece begins with the heartbreaking story of a Nebraska boy who may have died from Naegleria fowleri, a shape-shifting killer amoeba, after swimming in a lake. Naegleria fowleri grows in warm freshwater, “making it well-suited to proliferate as temperatures rise in the US,” warns the site.

Facing the prospect of never setting foot into another body of water again, I googled Naegleria fowleri and found a number of articles that repackaged the Guardian story, but ratcheted up the alarmism. “According to Scientists, a Brain-eating Amoeba Are Rapidly Spreading Due to Climate Change,” Nature World News warned. The

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