*This is a nonfiction book inspired by true events.
On August 13th, 2011, sixteen-year-old Courtney Nash passed away after contracting Naegleria fowleri, a brain-eating amoeba that lurks in warm waters. This is her story.
A Single Swim follows Courtney’s life and death, while taking a closer look into an amoebic infection very few people ever hear about – until it’s too late. Tracing as far back as 1960s, Naegleria fowleri and the resulting infection of this parasite have taken more than a dozen lives, with a fatality rate of nearly 100%.
Through an examination of Courtney’s case along with stories of other victims across the United States, A Single Swim offers a glimpse into our waters’ rare silent killer. From ecology to symptoms, hospital care to awareness, find out what can happen ... after a single swim.(
***** 5 Star Review *****
This is a nonfiction short story inspired by true events. This is a very time to read something like this and review for an author. I live in Arkansas and I was familiar with a person near where I live, that she was a preteen and died from the same disease.
This story is about a victim of the Naegleria fowleri, a brain-eating amoeba that lurks in warm waters. It is contracted via the nose rather than by drinking contaminated water. Once the amoeba enters the hose, it attaches to the mucosa and migrates to the brain by the nerve endings.
This amoeba can kill a person within 14 days. It can be consumed from freshwater that reach or exceed 80 degrees Fahrenheit and often as high as 115 degrees Fahrenheit, all these systems.
The majority of those infected have been children under the age of eighteen, and more than 75% have been male.
On August 13th, 2011, Courtney Nash who was 16 yrs old, passed away from the PAM disease. All she did was go swimming with her friends and family in the St Johns River in Titusville, Florida. It just took under 2 weeks to take her life.
"A Single Swim" is a true story of true events but just only one of the victims of this single rare single silent killer. Read this story and find out what happened. This was her story.
About The Author
Kristina Circelli is the author of adult and YA fiction novels. A descendent of the Cherokee nation, Circelli holds both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English from the University of North Florida. Currently, she works as both a copywriter and creative writing professor, in addition to writing her own novels.
Her latest series, The Whisper Legacy, is steeped in the spoken narratives of Native American lore, and is at once a gripping story of a father's love and his search for redemption as well as a written record of a Nation's belief system. Part adventure, part myth, and altogether riveting, this series from Kristina Circelli signifies the emergence of an important voice in Native American literature.
Circelli currently resides in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband, Seth, and cat, Sir Whisky Sour.