New Fear Unlocked: Brain-Eating Amoebas, Flesh-Eating Bacteria from Tilapia, and Giant Beach Worms
Sep 21, 2023   •   Kyzia Maramara
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Sep 21, 2023   •   Kyzia Maramara
Don’t you just love the Internet for its variety? You could go from scrolling through inspiring videos and cute skincare routines to being paranoid about contracting brain-eating amoeba or flesh-eating bacteria while doing your normal routines. While these videos are informative, the horrible possibilities they show is enough for us to never leave our rooms. Here are just some of the shocking videos that made us scream “New fear unlocked!”
@brutamerica A California mother had to amputate her four limbs after eating undercooked tilapia contaminated with Vibrio bacteria. #vibrio #vibriovulnificus ♬ original sound – Brut.
For Pinoys who love tilapia, you might want to make sure your fish is cooked properly. A woman in California had to lose all four of her limbs after contracting a bacterial infection from eating undercooked tilapia. Laura Barajas, 40, suffered from Vibrio vulnificus or the “flesh-eating bacteria” which hospitalized her for a month before having her arms and legs amputated mid-September.
Barajas’ friend said there was no other way for her to survive the infection without amputation since her fingers, feet, and even bottom lip were all black. She was also diagnosed with “complete sepsis and her kidneys were failing.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that Vibrio vulnificus comes from eating raw seafood or getting a wound in contact with it.
@time Doctors found a live worm inside a patient’s brain #medicalmystery #worm #australianews #biopsy #brainsurgery ♬ original sound – TIME
Last August, scientists and doctors worldwide had the shock of their lives after operating surgeon Dr. Hari Priya Bandi pulled out an 8cm (3in) live worm from an Australian woman’s brain. Talk about new fear unlocked! The 64-year-old patient had been suffering from stomach pain, coughing, night sweats, and even forgetfulness and depression for a year. Doctors didn’t expect to find a worm after admitting her to surgery for a “damaged frontal lobe.”
The wriggling red worm was identified to be an Ophidascaris robertsi roundworm, parasites commonly found in carpet pythons in Australia. Scientists concluded that the woman contracted the parasite after collecting and eating native grass from a lake near where she lived. She might’ve been unaware that it was contaminated with python feces and parasite eggs.
@doctormyro Happens every year in the US, and all across the world in fact #swimming #amoeba #doctorexplains #naegleriafowleri #braineatingamoeba ♬ Spooky, quiet, scary atmosphere piano songs – Skittlegirl Sound
Over the summer, Tiktok was filled with folks fearing for their lives after learning about brain-eating amoeba. While Naegleria fowleri doesn’t literally eat human brain, it does cause irreparable damage and swelling that leads to death. Although this type of amoeba can be found worldwide, few people have been infected.
But how can you avoid being the next victim? According to scientists, the amoeba survives in warm, freshwater lakes or rivers. It enters through the nose heads straight for the brain. So don’t go jumping into still, warm waters even if they might look inviting! While rare, it is also present in contaminated tap water or improperly chlorinated pools.
@tightlinezaus Beach Worms #fyp #foryou #spongebob #fy #you #sydney #australia #alaskanbullworm #crazy #insane #fish #creature #scary #tiktok #viral #fish #beach #monster ♬ Keep Dat Nigga – iCandy
From infections, viruses, and amoebas, here’s a harmless number but nonetheless a new fear unlocked: Giant beach worms in Australia. If you love wriggling your feet under the sand, you might think twice about it when in the land down under. These beach worms can grow to 300cm (118in) and have hundreds of body segments and legs like centipedes. Most are harvested for bait. These curious creatures eat dead fish and seaweed and are generally harmless to humans.
@deeplookofficial #facemites live for about two weeks, tucked inside our pores. #science #summerlearning #stem #deeplook ♬ original sound – deeplookofficial
ICYDK, we all have microscopic eight-legged parasites on our face and hair called the Demodex. These teeny tiny creatures feed on dead skin cells and sebum. While most humans probably won’t notice its presence in their lifetime, others suffer from an overpopulation — a condition called demodicosis. These mites could also aggravate other skin conditions like eczema or rosacea.
You can’t really eliminate all your face mites but you can prevent them from overgrowing. Make sure to use cleansers and wash your face daily. Exfoliating to remove dead cells are also recommended. And finally, avoid touching or scratching your face if you can.
@viralnewsnetwork #bear #tapeworm #wildlife #alsaka #salmon #scary #phobia #foryou #fyp @IdkSterling ♬ Creepy horror ambient(1022762) – howlingindicator
We humans are fortunate we have access to skincare to keep face mites at bay and health care when parasites infest our brain. But what about animals who live in the wild where coats and bellies full of parasites is the norm? In disgusting news, a video of a bear sporting a jaw-dropping 30-foot tape worm coming out of its bottom. Bears are perfect hosts for tapeworms since raw salmon is a huge part of their diet. So, for all the sashimi lovers out there, make sure you eat at restaurants known for immaculate food preparation.
Has the Internet unlocked a new fear for you lately? Share it with us in the comments!
Kyzia spends most of her time capturing the world around her through photos, paragraphs, and playlists. She is constantly on the hunt for the perfect chocolate chip cookie, and a great paperback thriller to pair with it.
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