Brain-eating amoeba found in water, 8 US cities alerted
Published: 03:23 PM, 27 September 2020 Updated: 03:19 PM, 10 October 2020
Residents of eight US cities have been warned over a brain-eating amoeba found in a southeast Texas water supply on Friday evening.
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has issued a water advisory Saturday 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.
“The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality at the direction of the Governor's Office is working with Brazosport Water Authority to resolve the issue as quickly as possible,” the advisory reads.
The advisory was issued for residents of Lake Jackson, Freeport, Angleton, Brazoria, Richwood, Oyster Creek, Clute and Rosenberg, Texas, as well as for the Dow Chemical plant in Freeport and the Clemens and Wayne Scott Texas Department of Criminal Justice corrections facilities.
However, Lake Jackson authority said that people could begin using the water, but must boil it before drinking it. Residents were also told to take other measures, including not allowing water to go up their noses while showering or bathing. The city warned that children, elderly people, and people with weakened immune systems were “particularly vulnerable”.
An investigation into the city's water supply began after a six-year-old boy contracted the microbe and died earlier this month, Lake Jackson City Manager Modesto Mundo told reporters.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 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 TCEQ has since cleared all but one location, according to a statement on Twitter.
Source: BBC, CNN