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This will sound crazy... but could I get that brain-eating

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This will sound crazy... but could I get that brain-eating amoeba (N. fowleri) from getting a large amount of water up my nose during a mud run (Savage Race) in Maryland? I went down a water slide into water that was probably pumped in from a lake, and had hundreds of muddy people sliding into and got a lot of water up my nose (it hurt through my whole face). Today's day 9, and while I did catch a cold/cough after the race I don't have any other symptoms and the cold is going away now.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
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I would put this worry out of your mind.

Here is a good reference from the CDC on this extremely rare, but terrible infection.

In that reference you will find sources of the ameba, and you will also find that between the years 2003 and 2012 there were 31 cases in the US. RARE, rare, disease.

You will also find that the incubation period for which this infection to become apparent is roughly 5 days with 7 days being the outside number at which one would develop symptoms.

Since you are getting better from your cold, and since the odds are so small to begin with, I think it is very safe to say that your chances of getting this infection at this point are roughly zero.

I would not give another minute to worrying about this.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Thank you so much.

I'm prone to the occassional bout of anxiety, which in this case I believe came on after being sick all week and stuck at home unable to work out (it's been about a year since i've been sick!) and just sitting around thinking.

I thought I should seek out some peace of mine before the psychosomatic symptoms started appearing.

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