Brain-Eating Amoeba Found in Water Supply of Texas; 8 Cities Warned

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Brain eating ameba was found in southeast  Texas water supply. Residents of 8 cities have been alerted and one of the towns has even issued a disaster declaration. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a water advisory to residents served by the Brazosport Water Authority warning customers not to use any water due to the presence of Naegleria fowleri, a brain-eating amoeba, found in the water supply on Friday evening. The eight cities include Lake Jackson, Freeport, Angleton, Brazoria, Richwood, Oyster Creek, Clute and Rosenberg.

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On September 8th, 2020, the City of Lake Jackson was contacted by the Brazoria County Health Department about a 6-year-old boy that was hospitalized due Naegleria Fowleri. After his diagnosis, the family had indicated two possible water sources where he could have been exposed to the ameba; one being the Lake Jackson Civic Center Splash Pad and the other being a hose at his home. 

When all the sources were tested it was found that water taken from the splash pad storage tank, the boy’s home hose bib, and a dead end fire hydrant in downtown came positive. The infection is usually fatal and typically occurs when people go swimming or diving in warm freshwater places such as lakes and rivers. According to the CDC, between 2009 and 2018, there were 34 infections reported in the US.

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