It isn’t hard to come up with reasons to both want to live in California, (nice climate, Disneyland, tech jobs) and to want to avoid the whole state (crazy laws, broken economy, citizens with no running water). But, Naegleria fowleri is certainly the type of thing that their tourism office isn’t going to put up on a billboard, with Mickey and a giant avocado. It is safe to say that this amoeba is firmly on the “avoid” side of the list. No one would want to end up like the poor 21 year old girl who passed away last month. Apparently, you can go swimming, be minding your own business, and have this little guy go in your nose, through your skull and start eating away at your brains. Needless to say, this tends to be fatal. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go put some more chlorine in my swimming pool.

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