Saturday, September 15, 2007


Orlando Triathletes Can Skip Swimming After Amoeba-Related Deaths

‘Hundreds of athletes participating in a popular Orlando triathlon this weekend are being required to sign waivers notifying them of the dangers of swimming in hot lakes and can skip the water portion of the event in the wake of several recent amoeba-related deaths.

Warnings were issued to Central Florida swimmers this month after a 14-year-old boy died of amoebic meningitis and two others died of amoebic encephalitis after spending time in lakes.

A portion of the OUC Downtown Orlando Triathlon Saturday will involve swimming through Lake Underhill which is hotter than 80 degrees.

Officials with the Central Florida Sports Commission said they have been investigating the best way to handle the situation for months.’

Followup to Brain-Swelling Amoeba Blamed For 2nd Child’s Death.

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