Last Saturday the city of Lake Jackson, in Texas, declared a state of disaster after detecting Naegleria fowleri, an amoeba that can cause a deadly infection, in the supply system, reports Fox News.
In early September, a 6-year-old boy died after contracting the Naegleria infection. During the investigation carried out after his death, the health authorities carried out analyzes of the water that found the amoeba in the city's supply system; positive results include a sample from a hosepipe at the child's home.
According to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the amoeba Naegleria fowleri can cause primary amoebic meningoencephalitis, an infection that is often fatal. Amoeba are naturally found in warm fresh waters (lakes, rivers, and hot springs) and can cause infection when contaminated water enters the body through the nose. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States indicate that the infection can also be contracted when water contaminated with Naegleria from other sources enters the nose (improperly chlorinated swimming pools, or heated and contaminated tap water), but not by swallowing water. It is a rare disease, with 145 cases in the United States documented by the CDC between 1962 and 2018.
Initially, a notice was issued warning that tap water could not be used, applicable to several towns in the greater Houston area, served by the body responsible for water management Brazosport Water Authority. On Saturday that notice was lowered to the Lake Jackson water supply system, and that same night the notice was replaced by another warning of the need to boil water. The Commission on Environmental Quality indicates that amoeba can be managed with the usual treatment and disinfection processes. Together with the municipal authorities, they are working to clean and disinfect the supply system. Until the work is finished, it is necessary to boil the water to drink and cook with it, and precautions must be taken for other uses such as bathrooms and showers.
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