Brain Eating Amoeba Contaminate Whitewater System

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Article courtesy of Samantha Finch | July 4th, 2016 | Parent Herald | Shared as educational material.

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High levels of the brain-eating amoeba, named Naegleria fowleri, were found at a water park in North Carolina. The main suspect for the appearance of the dangerous organism, according to The Center for Disease and Prevention, is the city’s inadequate sanitation system. The organism has already claimed the life of 18-year-old Lauren Seitz. The CDC states that the amoeba causes primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), in which an infected brain tissue degrades to complete death. The amoeba enters the body only through nasal ingestion and after 18 days, death is possible. The two methods that were used to get rid of the amoeba have not worked effectively.  Brian Walesa, director of Epidemiology and Infection Prevention at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois said water sports encourage the brain-eating amoeba. This is because the pathogen usually habitats the bottom of the water system’s floor. As such, people are more exposed to the pathogen when they make contact with sand at the bottom or if the swim too low. Read more here:

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