"Brain-eating" amoeba found in water supply AFTER death of 4 yr-old

Sep 14, 2013 Full story: www.cbsnews.com 6

September 13, 2013, 3:44 PM

By Ryan Jaslow - CBS News

The brain-eating amoeba Naegleria fowleri has officially been found in the St. Bernard Parish, La. water supply following last week's death of 4-year-old who got the lethal infection when playing on a slip 'n slide.

"The water is safe to drink and there are basic precautions that families can take -- such as chlorinating their pools and avoiding getting water in their noses -- to protect themselves, though infection from this amoeba is very rare," Louisiana state health officer Jimmy Guidry said in a press release.

St. Bernard Parish is five miles from New Orleans.

CBS affiliate WWL in New Orleans reported last week the deceased child was from Mississippi and was visiting the area when he ingested the amoeba through his nose. Nasal ingestion is the only way the resulting infection, primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), can be caused.

"They feel it was contracted in the with the slip 'n slide being out in the mud and the water for over a 12 or 14-hour period, in very hot conditions," St. Bernard Parish president David Peralta told WWL last Friday. At the time, he said the amoeba had only been found in a water tank in the toilet inside the home, and none was found in the parish's water supply.

That no longer appears to be the case, following additional testing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC has now found the amoeba in four sites in the Violet and Arabi areas. These samples were taken from fire hydrants and faucets connected directly to water lines, the health department said.

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#1 Sep 14, 2013
Here is another case in Arkansas from July 30, 2013 ...

http://www.livescience.com/38543-brain-eating...

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#2 Sep 14, 2013
The Kyle Lewis Amoeba Awareness Foundation has been established with the goal of informing families of the potential danger of Naegleria Fowleri which exists in most freshwater.

Through education and awareness, our hope is to save lives and heartache for other families. Our mission is to make others aware of the risk, inform them of the prevention, and to work with doctors and researchers towards a rapid diagnosis and a cure!

Swim Safe and help SPREAD THE AWARENESS

http://www.kylelewisamoebaawareness.org/

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#3 Sep 14, 2013
In humans, N. fowleri can invade the central nervous system via the nose (specifically through the olfactory mucosa and cribriform plate of the nasal tissues). The penetration initially results in significant necrosis of and hemorrhaging in the olfactory bulbs. From there, the amoeba climbs along nerve fibers through the floor of the cranium via the cribriform plate and into the brain. The organism begins to consume cells of the brain piecemeal by means of a unique sucking apparatus extended from its cell surface...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naegleria_fowle...
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Franklin, TX

#4 Sep 14, 2013
What are you taking for your infection?

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#5 Sep 16, 2013
I have no illnesses or health problems unlike a MAJORITY of the population. Many in the region have relatives in those affected areas and sometimes travel there. Do you have a problem with public water-supply health warnings?

THIS specific ANIMAL, NOT "infection" up to a month ago was 100% FATAL once in your system!! Even still it is too soon to know if that girl will truly survive or not.

Also, in case you don't know this, most of the city's water comes from the hot and steamy Trinity river via pumps, unless on the northside of town where the water-tower and its well pumps are.

Call the Trinity mayor at the feed-store and ask for yourself.
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Fairfield, TX

#6 Jan 22, 2014
he would lie to you

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