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Florida boy fights rare infection caused by amoeba

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 17:20 Published in National News

LABELLE, Fla. (AP) - Health officials in Florida say a 12-year-old boy is fighting a rare and deadly infection that is attacking his brain.

Family members told media outlets that Zachary Reyna of Southwest Florida was infected with Naegleria fowleri, a microscopic single-celled living amoeba that is commonly found in freshwater lakes, ponds and rivers. State health officials say it can cause a rare brain infection called primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) that destroys brain tissue and is usually fatal.

Victims typically are exposed to the bug while swimming or doing water sports in warm ponds, lakes and rivers during the hot summer months, mostly in the South.

Family members said the boy was infected while knee boarding with friends in a ditch near his family's LaBelle house on Aug. 3. He is being treated in the intensive care unit at Miami Children's Hospital.

VISALIA, Calif. (AP) - A California man is being praised for his honesty after he turned in $6,900 in cash he found near a Department of Motor Vehicles office in the Central Valley.

The money eventually was returned to its rightful owner.

Forty-six-year-old Breck Reeves told the Fresno Bee he spotted an envelope on the ground Aug. 6 while going to the Visalia DMV. Inside was a stack of $100 bills totaling $6,900.

Reeves says he might have kept the money if it had been $20 or so, but this was too much. He turned in the money at the DMV, and Visalia police eventually tracked down its rightful owner, 69-year-old retired farmworker Guadalupe Salazar.

Salazar had taken the money out of the bank to buy his son a new car. The envelope apparently fell out of Salazar's car when he opened the door.

Salazar plans to take the Reeves to dinner.

Teen arrested connected to shooting in North County

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 17:12 Published in Local News

The search is over for a teen involved in a fatal shooting Monday morning.

A 15-year-old suspect has been charged with second degree murder. Police say the suspect was with 19-year-old Akeem Mayes when the two knocked on the door of a home in the Country Club Hill neighborhood and got involved in an altercation. At some point gunfire was exchanged and Mayes was killed.

Police have not released the identity of the suspect, but he was transferred to St. Louis County Family Court.

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