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Amoeba kills S.C. lake swimmer, 10

Jul 14, 2010 11:19:00 PM - thestate.com

Liza Hollingsworth was one of those kids. The 10-year-old could play basketball or guitar. She loved animals and loved to draw her own cartoons. She was an honor student at Porter-Gaud. She loved the water.

What happened to her was horrific, as her father says.

She went swimming. Maybe it was Lake Moultrie. Maybe it was a smaller lake near her home. But somewhere she got a noseful of water. A few days later she got a headache. Three days later she died.

A swarm of tiny amoebas had gotten into her central nervous system and caused primary amoebic meningoencephalitis. By the time anybody realized she was sick, she had no chance.