Brain-eating amoeba was found in a Texas water supply and several cities were alerted

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A brain-eating amoeba was found in a southeast Texas water supply. 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, on Friday evening. Residents were warned in Lake Jackson, Freeport, Angleton, Brazoria, Richwood, Oyster Creek, Clute and Rosenberg, The brain-eating amoeba is commonly found in soil, warm lakes, rivers, and hot springs. It can also be found in poorly maintained or unchlorinated pools and in warm water discharge from industrial plants. The actual incident started on September 8, when the city was made aware of a 6-year-old boy who was hospitalized with the amoeba and died. Representatives from the Texas Department of Health Services collected water and tested samples.

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On September 25, three of the 11 water samples tested positive for Naegleria fowleri. The Lake Jackson city warned that children, elderly people, and people with weakened immune systems were “particularly vulnerable”. Naegleria fowleri infections are rare but most are fatal. Those infected with Naegleria fowleri have symptoms including fever, nausea and vomiting, as well as a stiff neck and headaches. Most die within a week.145 people were infected from 1962 to 2018 and only four survived.