Brain-eating amoeba found in water su...

Brain-eating amoeba found in water supply in Louisiana

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Alja

Matawan, NJ

#1 Sep 14, 2013
Brain-eating amoeba found in water supply in Louisiana
September 13, 2013 | 10:38PM ET

Known to destroy brain tissue and kill hosts if inhaled through nose

Let's send this to Washington. All it can do is improve things.

Scientists have found a brain-eating amoeba in the water supply of a Louisiana parish where a child died last month from a brain infection caused by the microscopic organism, according to state health officials.

Test results from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the Naegleria fowleri amoeba was found in four locations of the St. Bernard Parish water system.

State health officials say the water is safe to drink but that people should take caution to not let it enter their nose.

The brain-eating amoeba called Naegleria fowleri is often found in warm bodies of freshwater, such as lakes, rivers and hot springs. The amoeba typically enters the body through the nose as people are swimming or diving. It can then travel to the brain, causing primary amebic meningoencephalitis, or PAM.

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2013/9/...

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